Oregon State 45

(10-5, 2-2 Pac-12)

Washington St 63

(8-6, 3-2 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, January 13, 2005

    Friel Court, Pullman, Washington

    1 2 T
    ORST 23 2245
    WSU 29 3463

    Top Performers

    Oregon St: D. Lucas 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Blk

    Washington St: J. Varem 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Washington State 63, Oregon State 45

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- It's been a long time since Washington State made much noise in Pac-10 basketball, but Cougar senior Jeff Varem is making himself heard loud and clear.

    Varem, who struggled in nonconference games, continued his outstanding Pac-10 play by leading all players Thursday night with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in a 63-45 victory over Oregon State.

    The Cougars are 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10 -- their best conference start since a 5-2 leadoff in 1995-96.

    "I don't know what's going on; I'm just being me," Varem said. "It's a new year, a new state of mind."

    David Lucas led Oregon State (10-5, 2-2) with 12 points and six rebounds. The Beavers scored the game's first point, then gave up 15 consecutive points and trailed the rest of the way.

    Varem was inconsistent last season, his first at WSU after transferring from an Indiana junior college. The inconsistency continued early this season, but Varem is averaging 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds in league play after averaging 7.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in nonconference games.

    "As the game wore on, Jeff became very dominant," Oregon State coach Jay John said.

    "He doesn't stop playing," WSU coach Dick Bennett said. "Last year, he did stop playing when he made mistakes."

    Oregon State's 45 points and 31.1 field-goal shooting percentage were season lows. Washington State ranked third in the latest NCAA Division I statistics (through Monday) with 54.5 points allowed per game.

    "Washington State is a very good defensive team," said OSU guard Jason Fontenet, who was averaging 13.3 points in Pac-10 games before scoring just six points Thursday night. "They did a good job on us."

    The Cougars have posted their three highest point totals in the last three games.

    "They execute very well," John said. "They got off to a great start."

    As for his Beavers, John said, "There was no question we came out flat."

    The Beavers missed their first seven field-goal tries, but WSU started 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Oregon State held the Cougars scoreless for nearly eight minutes during an 11-0 run that reduced WSU's lead to 24-23, but the Cougars scored the last five points of the first half and opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt.

    The Beavers played without senior guard J.S. Nash. John said Nash was suspended for one game for a team rules violation that John refused to discuss.

    Lucas said Nash's absence "hurt us, because he brings leadership and unity."

    "Not having J.S. impacted our ability to defend," John acknowledged.

    The Cougars hit 47 percent from the field, including 42 percent on 3-pointers. Freshman Kyle Weaver scored a season-high 12 points, and Thomas Kelati added 11.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 45 63
    FG Made-Attempted 14-45 (.311) 25-53 (.472)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 8-13 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 18

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