EA Sports All-Stars Hands Beavers Exhibition Loss

Nov. 12, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- - Jack Hartman scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the EA Sports All-Stars pulled away midway through the second half to defeat Oregon State 85-76 in an exhibition game Tuesday night at Gill Coliseum.

EA Sports held a two-point halftime lead and never trailed in the second half. OSU's Lamar Hurd tied the game at 54 with a steal and layup, but the All-Stars responded with a quick 13-3 spurt to take a 10-point lead with 11:24 remaining.

The All-Stars made 13 three-point field goals in the game including five of their last six attempts. Hartman and Josh Merrill, both forwards, each were 3-for-7 from behind the arc.

'I knew this was a good team and that they would have a guy playing the center position that could shoot threes,' Oregon State coach Jay John said. 'I knew that this kind of thing would present challenges to us.'

The game was the final exhibition contest for the Beavers, who start regular season play 5:05 p.m. Nov. 23 at home versus Idaho. After defeating the Northwest All-Stars Nov. 4, the Beavers came into Tuesday's game looking to win both exhibition games in a season for the first time since 1997.

OSU's Philip Ricci shared game-high scoring honors with 23 points. Brian Jackson, J. S. Nash and Jimmie Haywood also scored in double-figures for the Beavers, who saw their starters score all but six of the team's points.

'We have to be able to establish solid bench play in order for us to win 40-minute games,' John said. 'I didn't anticipate trying to win the game with such limited minutes from the bench.

'I think we are a better team than we were a week ago, but as a team we need to be able to bring a maximum effort to every game and every practice in every situation in order for us to be successful.'

Hurd finished with six points, eight assists and just one turnover. Nash had a game-high eight rebounds and Ricci seven.

Maruice Spillers and Merrill each had 13 points for EA Sports. All eight members of the team that played scored at least five points in the game.

In the first half neither team held a lead greater than five and both teams shot over 50 percent from the field. Haywood had 12 points and Ricci 10 for the Beavers in the half.

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