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Oregon State 90, Oregon 81

1/11/2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State guard J.S. Nash was taking
it in stride, even though the Beavers had just won the basketball
edition of the Civil War for the first time in a long time.

Before a wildly cheering crowd of just over 10,000, the Beavers
went on a 12-0 run in the final two minutes to beat rival Oregon
90-81 Saturday night in the 319th meeting between the two teams.

The victory snapped a nine-game Oregon winning streak in the
Civil War, and gave the Beavers -- who don't have a senior among
them -- their first Pacific-10 win.

"We knew we could beat them, because we just keep improving,"
Nash said.

The Beavers had not won the Civil War since Jan. 30, 1999, when
they downed the Ducks 48-45 at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State (7-5, 1-2) trailed 81-78 but David Lucas' jumper
narrowed it and Jim Hanchett's layup with 1:14 left put the Beavers
(7-6, 1-2 Pacific-10) ahead for good.

Lucas led the Beavers with 24 points, 22 of them in the second
half alone.

"What a terrific job by Oregon State," Oregon coach Ernie Kent
said.

Oregon State's victory came despite the spectacular performance
of Oregon forward Luke Jackson, who had career-highs with 39 points
and 16 rebounds.

The loss snapped a nine-game rivalry winning streak for the
Ducks (6-4, 1-2).

Oregon spent most of the first half playing catch-up after
Oregon State jumped out to an early 10-point lead and rallied
midway through.

The Ducks made their move in the second, taking a 53-48 lead on
James Davis' 3-pointer. But the Beavers never let Oregon extend it
by more than seven points, and when the Ducks went cold in the
final two minutes, OSU took over.

"I don't know if a man can be as proud as I am of these guys,"
OSU coach Jay John said.

Oregon State jumped out to an early 12-2 lead, but it was
short-lived and the Ducks went on a 12-2 run to tie it at 14 on
Jackson's free throws.

After Nash hit a jumper to keep Oregon State ahead, Jackson hit
a 3-pointer to give Oregon its first lead at 17-16.

Chris Stephens responded with his own 3-pointer to spark a rally
that put the Beavers up 28-20 on Kyle Jeffers' rebound basket
midway through the first.

Oregon caught up again and tied it at 30 on Jackson's driving
layup, and his next shot put the Ducks ahead. The teams wrestled
back and forth, but Nash's pair of free throws gave the Beavers a
36-35 lead at the half.

Jackson, who averaged 21 points going in to the game to lead the
team and rank second in the Pac-10, has scored in double digits in
all of the Ducks' games and has seven 20-plus games.

His previous high for points was 29, set twice.

"We played poor defense," Jackson said of the loss. "And they
did some things they haven't done in the past."