Beavers Fall To Devils, 67-58

Jan. 4, 2002

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Chad Prewitt had a career-high 25 points and Tommy Smithscored 18 as Arizona State avenged a loss to Oregon State last month, beatingthe Beavers 67-58 Friday night.

The Sun Devils (8-4, 1-2 Pac-10) won their fourth straight while snappingOregon State's three-game winning streak, which began with a 62-57 win over theSun Devils on Dec. 22.

Kenny Crandall had 14 points for Arizona State, which has beaten the Beaversnine times in 10 games in Tempe.

Philip Ricci had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers (8-5, 1-2), andAdam Masten scored 13.

Arizona State, which fell just short in the game at Corvallis, Ore., afterapplying full-court pressure in the second half, built a 14-point lead in thesecond half this time, saw it cut to two and then got the spread it needed on athree-point play by Pruitt.

That opened a 64-58 lead with 1:26 remaining.

Prewitt had a jumper and a 3-pointer in the first 1:46 of the second half,and Arizona State took a 46-32 lead on a 10-foot turnaround by Smith 3:20 in.

But Masten started a 17-5 run with a 3-pointer and a driving layup, andRicci had 10 points during the surge, cutting Oregon State's deficit to 51-49with 9:16 to play.

Smith had a basket, the Beavers' J.S. Nash answered with a jumper and thenPrewitt hit a free throw, Smith made a follow shot and Crandall sank a3-pointer in a 60-second span, sending Arizona State to a 59-51 lead with 6:46to go.

Smith, 5-for-21 on 3-pointers in his career coming in, made three in thefirst 7:09 as Arizona State took a 15-10 lead.

The Beavers got within 20-18 on a 3-pointer by Jimmie Haywood with 9:01 togo, but Prewitt scored 11 points during a seven-minute run in which the SunDevils outscored the Beavers 17-9.

Prewitt's last basket, a layup off an assist from Smith, produced a 37-27lead with 1:49 left in the half.

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