Arizona, ASU open Pac-10 play, as Sun Devils take a fall

Arizona and Arizona State were both on a roll going into last night’s Pac-10 basketball openers against the Oregon Schools.  The Sun Devils had won four straight and the Wildcats had won six of the last seven.

The Cats are still rolling after knocking off Oregon, 76-57.  But the wheels came off the Devils’ ride as they tried to take on Oregon State without their leading scorer.  The result was not pretty.

ASU (7-5) was not only out-scored, but also out-rebounded (43-26) in the 80-58 loss to the Beavers in Corvallis.  OSU had a slim 34-30 lead at the half, but the Beavers stretched it to 10 midway through the second half, enroute to handing ASU its most lopsided loss this season.

The Sun Devils were held well below their 65 points-per-game average, while the Beavers, who were a 5-6 team entering the contest, exceeded their normal 74 points a game.

Last year, ASU swept both games against Oregon State.

Senior guard Ty Abbott stepped in for the team’s leading scorer, Trent Lockett, to lead the scoring with 18 points, despite missing minutes during the second half while he assessed the severity of a slight knee injury.  Lockett, who is averaging 15 points a game, injured his toe in practice.

Jamelle McMillan, the other senior guard, contributed 11 points and six assists to the losing effort.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Beaver State, the University of Arizona (12-2) was feasting on Duck.

The Wildcats rode a career-high scoring performance from Kevin Parrom to easily outdistance the 7-6 Oregon Ducks in Eugene, 76-57.

The sophomore guard from NY came off the bench to can four 3-point shots in five attempts and tally 20 total points, in addition to pulling down eight rebounds.  Sophomore forward Derrick Williams scored 12 points and had seven boards, while Solomon Hill added 11 points.

It was a team scoring effort that got the job done against the Ducks, as the Cats shot 56 percent from the field.  They took an early 11-2 lead and jacked the margin to as many as 17 points before halftime.

And on the other end of the floor, they held the Ducks to just 35 percent shooting, including a 1-for-17 performance behind the arc.

The Arizona schools will hang out in Oregon through the weekend, flipping things for their next games.  ASU will  take on Oregon on Saturday and the Cats will play Sunday in Corvallis.

(Photo: ASU Athletics)