The Associated Press

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EUGENE — Oregon coach Kelly Graves knew his team would find out what Baylor, Louisville and Stanford already learned in close calls against Arizona State.

Beating the Sun Devils would not come without a measure of discomfort for the Ducks.

Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and No. 5 Oregon fought off a late 3-point barrage and outlasted No. 19 Arizona State 77-71 on Friday night.

“I told the team before the game, it’s like going to the dentist,” Graves said, “because they work their butts off, they never give up, they’re talented, they play great defense and they don’t make anything easy.

“They didn’t tonight and that’s why it came down to the last minute.”

Maite Cazorla added 16 points and Ruthy Hebard had 14 for the Ducks (5-0 Pac-12, 16-1 overall), who won their ninth game in a row to keep pace atop the conference standings. Oregon made its last six free throws to put the game away.

“They’re a tough team and we knew that,” Cazorla said. “We had to play tough for 40 minutes, and at the end we did the job.

“We won, that’s what matters.”

Kianna Ibis had 22 points to lead the Sun Devils (3-3, 12-5), who scored 15 of their final 17 points from beyond the arc.

After making only three 3-pointers in the first 35 minutes, ASU connected from deep five times in the final 5 minutes.

Taya Olson had made two and was lining up a third from the corner that would have tied the score when Oregon’s Satou Sabally swooped in for the last of her four blocks.

Ionescu had 18 points in the second half and 12 in the final quarter. After shooting 55.2 percent in the opening half to build a 38-29 lead.

For the fourth time this season, the Sun Devils let another highly ranked opponent off the hook.

“We’d like to close it out,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “It was a one-possession game and it would have been nice to have a few of my timeouts. We were close, we’re right there, just a few possessions we need to clean up.

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