Beavers Pull Away In Second Half For 84-72 Victory

Nov. 4, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Philip Ricci scored 18 points and Oregon State recovered from a poor-shooting first half to defeat the Northwest All-Stars 84-72 in an exhibition game Monday night at Gill Coliseum.

Ricci led four Beavers in double-figures on 7-of-8 shooting. Brian Jackson added 13 points and guards Jimmie Haywood and J. S. Nash chipped in with 12 and 11 points.

'For a first game I would like to say I expected more, but I guess we got about what we could expect,' Oregon State coach Jay John said. 'I would have thought that our guy's would have hit more open shots in the first half because they certainly were open. The guys who missed the shots in the first half got into a better rhythm in the second half and hit their open shots.'

Leading 36-34 starting the second half, OSU increased the tempo and built a double-digit lead within five minutes. OSU played with a comfortable advantage the remainder of the game and Nash's basket at the 2:02 mark gave the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 24.

'The whole intention since I received this job was to speed things up,' John said. 'When we recruited Lamar Hurd I thought that would give us a chance to speed things up. There were times tonight when we were in complete control and they were struggling to get back on defense.'

Oregon State outrebounded NWA 47-36 for the game and Jackson and Haywood grabbed six each.

Chris Harrison scored a team-high 15 points for NWA. Larry Peacock had 12 points, 10 coming at the foul line, and Jammerman finished with 10 points and led the team in rebounds with seven.

Oregon State played all 12 members of the team that were available for action Monday, and 10 players scored at least two points.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half with OSU shooting 38 percent and NWA 39 percent. The Beavers shot just 2-for-17 on three-pointers and NWA was 4-for-12.

Trailing 24-21, NWA went on an 11-0 run capped by Jamie Booker's three-pointer. Oregon State ended the drought on a Kevin Field offensive rebound and lay-up.

That sparked a 12-0 run by the Beavers with Field accounting for six of those points. Booker ended a five-minute scoreless stretch with a jumper right before the half to pull NWA within two.

The second half was a different for story for the Beavers as they shot 17-for-30 compared to NWA's 32 percent shooting.

The Beavers have one more exhibition game on Nov. 12 at home against EA Sports All-Stars. OSU begins regular season action Nov. 23 versus Idaho.

NW All-Stars (72) - Harrison 6-13 1-3 - 15, Peacock 1-2 10-10 - 12, Carlisle 2-4 2-3 - 6,Gardner 1-9 2-2 - 4, Jeppsen 2-6 0-0 4, Booker, 3-7 1-2 8, Hunter 2-4 0-0 - 6,Jones 3-6 1-2 - 7, Brown 0-3 0-0 - 0, Jammerman 3-11 4-5 - 10. TOTALS 23-65 20-25 - 72.

Oregon State (84) - Ricci 7-8 3-4 - 18, Jackson 4-11 5-6 - 13, Hurd, 2-3 3-3 7,Nash 4-9 2-2 11, Haywood 5-14 0-0 - 12, Remmers 1-3 2-4 - 5, Vance 0-2 0-0 - 0,Cokley 0-3 0-0 - 0, Stephens 2-4 2-4 - 6, Potter 2-2 0-0 4, Sample 1-4 0-0 2,Field 3-4 0-0 - 6. TOTALS 31-67 17-23 - 84.

NW All-Stars 34 38 - 72Oregon State 36 48 - 84

Flagrant Fouls: NONE.Technicals: NWA - Tony Jones. OSU - Philip Ricci.Officials: Bob Sitov, Michael Reed, Randy BurkhartAttendance: 2,308.

OSU Head Coach Jay John comments following the game vs. Northwest All-Stars.

How did you feel about your first game performance?

'For a first game, I would like to say I expected more, but I guess we got about what we could expect. I would have thought that our guy's would have hit more open shots in the first half because they certainly were open. The guys who missed the shots in the first half got into a better rhythm in the second half and hit their open shots.'

Coach John on the Beavers fast style of play.

'The whole intention since I received this job was to speed things up. When we recruited Lamar Hurd I thought that would give us a chance to speed things up. There were times tonight when we were in complete control and they were struggling to get back on defense.'

How do you feel about freshman point guard Lamar Hurd's play?

'I thought he did a nice job running his team. The guys know that if they will run Lamar will get them the ball and if the big guys will run we can get some fast breaks.'

Who is going to be playing in the future?

'I think that from this game we have to decide who is going to play and understand better who we can count on. As we head into our next game we will be closer to knowing who is going to be playing more minutes for us.'

What would you grade tonight's game?

' I would have to grade it a C because I thought our play in the first half was below average and the second half was above average.'

How close are you to naming a starting five?

'We will know after next Tuesday. I am all about letting the best guys play and the guys who played tonight were the one's who have been playing so far. As far as I am concerned tonight's game was just an organized practice and next Tuesday's game will be closer to a more game like rotation.'

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