Washington St 51

(10-11, 5-7 Pac-12)

Oregon State 58

(13-9, 5-6 Pac-12)

    8:30 PM ET, February 10, 2005

    Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

    1 2 T
    WSU 21 3051
    ORST 19 3958

    Top Performers

    Washington St: T. Kelati 17 Pts, 4 Reb

    Oregon St: D. Lucas 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Blk

    Oregon State 58, Washington State 51

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State wrestled away the tempo and turned the tables on Washington State.

    David Lucas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Nick DeWitz added 15 points, and Oregon State overcame first-half shooting woes to beat the Cougars 58-51 on Thursday night.

    Washington State won 63-45 earlier this season and held the Beavers to season-low scoring in the first half. But the Beavers came out running after the break, outscoring the Cougars 20-3 to begin the second half.

    Washington State, which under second-year coach Dick Bennett plays a slow, methodical game that emphasizes defense and use of the shot clock, wilted as the pace quickened.

    "The coaches said at halftime, don't play to their speed," said DeWitz, who started the second-half run with a breakaway dunk.

    The Beavers (13-9, 5-6 Pacific-10 Conference) shot 28 percent in the first half and trailed 21-19 at halftime. They shot nearly 59 percent in the second half, and led by as many as 15 points.

    Thomas Kelati had 17 points to lead the Cougars (10-11, 5-7). Leading scorer Jeff Varem was held to six points and 3-of-9 shooting.

    "We played some of the worst basketball that I can imagine," Bennett said. "I just don't understand how we can come out so unready for both halves and turn the ball over as much as we do and expect to have a chance."

    The Cougars have frustrated Pac-10 teams all season with suffocating defense and ball control. They were coming off a stretch that included wins over then-No. 11 Arizona and USC, as well as a two-point overtime loss to UCLA.

    "That's their magic," said Oregon State coach Jay John. "To get you to wear down."

    Oregon State snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Oregon last Saturday. The Beavers are three wins away from posting their first winning season since 1990.

    Kelati hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to 42-38, but the Beavers hit their free throws down the stretch. They finished 21-of-29 for the game. Reserve guard J.S. Nash was 9-of-9 from the line and finished with 11 points.

    Daven Harmeling had 10 points off the bench for Washington State.

    "We came out in the second half flat," Harmeling said. "I don't know why we do that, it takes the other team kicking out butt to get us going."

    The night's loudest ovation from the crowd of 5,834 came when spectator Ken Simonton, the former Oregon State tailback, was recognized by the public address announcer. ^

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 51 58
    FG Made-Attempted 19-55 (.345) 17-42 (.405)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-25 (.320) 3-9 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 21-29 (.724)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 15

    2004-05 Season

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