Arizona State slogs past Oregon State 56-46Posted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State won ugly and kept pace in the tightly contested Pac-10 race.
Derek Glasser scored 16 points and Jerren Shipp had 11 as Arizona State defeated Oregon State 56-46 on Thursday night to remain in a logjam of second-place teams, one game behind California.
"Hey, a win's a win," Glasser said. "We won. That's all that matters. We've just got to keep winning and stay in the race."
Ty Abbott had nine points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils (17-8, 7-5 Pac-10), who rebounded from a 23-point loss at Washington last weekend.
Arizona State's defense throttled the Beavers, limiting Oregon State (10-13, 4-7) to a season-low 24.6 percent from the floor, the lowest percentage a Pac-10 opponent has shot against the Sun Devils since the 1987-88 season.
The Sun Devils needed a stalwart defense on a night they shot only 35.6 percent from the floor and made just 8 of 24 shots (33 percent) from beyond the arc.
"Our guys continued to play defense even though we had offensive turbulence," ASU coach Herb Sendek said.
The Sun Devils' sputtering offense got a boost from an unlikely source: Shipp, a senior guard who averages 3.5 points and 13 minutes per game.
"Coming into the game, I just wanted to give my team a lift," Shipp said.
Shipp's older brothers, Joe and Josh, played at California and UCLA, respectively. Shipp was one of Sendek's first recruits, and he started as a freshman, when ASU went 8-22.
But Shipp has seen his playing time dwindle as Sendek has beefed up ASU's talent.
"I thought Jerren Shipp gave us a great lift," Sendek said. "Played with a lot of heart and passion. He's very team-centered. Just so proud of him."
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson was proud of his team's defensive effort but disappointed by its inability to create offense.
"We have to make plays ourselves, and that has been the tough part of our play this season," Robinson said.
ASU took control with a 12-0 run late in the first half, with Abbott hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
Calvin Haynes scored 15 points on 5-of-22 shooting for Oregon State, which has dropped eight of 10 road games.
The game was a 40-minute concerto of clanging iron in half-empty Wells Fargo Arena.
The loudest cheer of the night came when former Sun Devils star Jeff Pendergraph, now with the Portland Trail Blazers, was introduced and received a standing ovation.
The Sun Devils entered with the Pac-10's second-stingiest scoring defense, allowing 58.9 points per game. The Beavers ranked third, at 61.3 points allowed.
Not surprisingly, both squads struggled to solve the opponent's zone defense. With 7:30 remaining in the first half, they had combined for 10 field goals and eight turnovers.
Oregon State surged ahead 15-12 on a 3-pointer by Omari Johnson midway through the first half. In the next five minutes, ASU scored one point - and trimmed Oregon State's lead to two points.
The Sun Devils limited the Beavers to a bucket over the final 8:21 of the half.
On one second-half possession, the Beavers had a 3-on-2 break but missed two shots and were whistled for an over-the-back foul.
"You can't beat a team as good as Arizona State on their home court when you miss wide-open layups," Robinson said.
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