Beavers open Pac-10 with rout

CORVALLIS — Oregon State got an important win, but coach Craig Robinson is keeping it in perspective.

Joe Burton had a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Oregon State to an 80-58 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Jared Cunningham added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Beavers (6-6), who began conference play with a win for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

"It's big to win the first game. It's big to beat a good program like Arizona State," Robinson said. "But it's only one game. This league is relentless. Each week, it's coming at you."

Ty Abbott had 18 points, all in the first half, for Arizona State (7-5), whose four-game winning streak ended.

Burton, averaging 7.5 points entering Thursday's game, had 13 combined points in the Beavers' previous three contests.

"It makes the game so much easier," Oregon State's Ahmad Starks said of Burton's play. "If he's scoring down low and making plays, everybody else is going to be open. He did a good job scoring and passing the ball. It was great."

Burton's two free throws with 8:08 remaining gave Oregon State a 64-51 cushion and were part of a 12-3 run that put the game out of reach.

Arizona State guard Trent Lockett, the Sun Devils' leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, did not play due to a sprained left big toe.

Oregon State shot 32 of 60 (53.3 percent) from the floor, and Arizona State was 20 of 52 (38.5 percent). The Beavers had a 43-26 rebounding edge.

Robinson said he wasn't ready to call Thursday's win a breakout performance.

"I'm reluctant to say that until I see us do it more," he said. "We've had two good games in a row. Can we do three good games? It feels like it. It really does."

Abbott scored 16 points — and made four 3-pointers — in the first 14 minutes to help the Sun Devils to a 23-19 lead. He made 7 of 11 shots from the floor in the first half.

Cunningham had nine of Oregon State's first 14 points. But soon afterward, he was called for his second personal foul and sat out the rest of the half.

Oregon State scored the final eight points of the half, five by Roberto Nelson, to go ahead 34-30 at intermission.

Devon Collier's basket with 16:01 remaining put the Beavers up 43-35.

Starks' long jumper capped a 6-0 Oregon State run for a 54-42 lead. The Beavers led by 13 before the Sun Devils scored five straight points to close the deficit to 57-49.

Arizona 76, Oregon 57

At Eugene, Kevin Parrom scored a career-high 20 points and Arizona easily defeated Oregon in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.

Parrom, a sophomore guard from the Bronx, came off the bench to make 8 of 9 field goals, 4 of 5 from 3-point range, to lead the Wildcats (12-2). He also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Arizona shot 56 percent from the field.

Forward Derrick Williams, who entered Thursday with a 19.3-point average, finished with a season-low 12 points — eight of those coming from the free-throw line.

Jeremy Jacob scored 17 to pace the Ducks (7-6), who made just 35 percent from outside, were outrebounded 40-27 and made just 1 of 17 3-pointers.

The Wildcats were coming off their best nonconference season in 11 years. They didn't take long to take control against Oregon, jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes.

Then Parrom took over, scoring nine straight on three 3-pointers to extend the Wildcats' lead to 20-9 at the 11:56 mark. His layup with 6:27 left made it 31-15.

That was also the last field goal of the half for Arizona, which scored its final six points from the free-throw line.

The Wildcats' shooting drought didn't do much for the Ducks, who missed six straight shots before Jay-R Strowbridge converted a layup at the buzzer off a steal to make it 37-22 at the break in favor of Arizona.

For the Ducks, it tied their lowest first-half point total of the season.

Oregon cut the deficit to 12 on few occasions in the second half — the last at the 11:42 to play on a jump by Jacob that made it 54-42.

Solomon Hill also scored 11 points for the Wildcats.

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