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Pendergraph, Arizona State stomp California

Mar 7, 2009 - 9:10 PM TEMPE, Arizona (Ticker) -- On Senior Day, Jeff Pendergraph took center stage to end Arizona State's late-season tailspin.

Pendergraph poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the 21st-ranked Sun Devils snap a three-game losing streak with an 83-66 thumping of California in the Pac-10 on Saturday.

James Harden, the conference's leading scorer, added 20 points, Rihards Kuksiks contributed 17 and Derek Glasser finished with 12 points and 11 assists for Arizona State (22-8, 11-7).

The Sun Devils ended a five-game home losing streak against the Golden Bears behind Pendergraph, who scored 15 points in the second half to repel a pair of comeback attempts by Cal (22-9, 11-7).

Pendergraph finished 10-of-14 from the floor and recorded his 29th career double-double as the Sun Devils shot 53 percent (26-of-49).

Harden had 17 points and Pendergraph 12 to help Arizona State bolt to a 42-26 halftime lead. The Golden Bears twice whittled the deficit to 12 points in the second half and got as close as 66-57 with 6:17 to play.

Pendergraph answered with a dunk 10 seconds later to trigger a 9-0 run as Arizona State built a comfortable 75-67 cushion with just under four minutes left.

Jerome Randle scored 24 points and Theo Robertson 19 for California, which entered the contest as the leading 3-point shooting team in the country but was held to 5-of-20 from the arc.