Beavers Tripped Up By No. 2 Stanford
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Josh Childress had 17 points as No. 2 Stanford stayedunbeaten with a 62-48 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
The Cardinals trailed 31-29 early in the second half before pulling away.Stanford (17-0, 8-0 Pacific-10) and No. 3 St. Joseph's are the only undefeatedteams in Division I.
It was Stanford's ninth straight victory overall against the Beavers andfifth in a row at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers (8-10, 2-6) have lost four straight. They were led by ChrisStephens with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. David Lucas added 15 pointsand eight rebounds.
The Cardinal trailed by as many as seven points in the first half and weredown by two shortly after the break. But Josh Childress hit a 3-pointer andsparked a 12-0 run capped by Matt Haryasz's tip-in to make it 41-31.
Stanford extended the lead to 50-37 on Haryasz's layup and went on to leadby as many as 15.
Haryasz had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench and was the onlyStanford scorer in double figures beside Childress. All of Stanford's starterswere averaging in double figures going into the game.
The Beavers took an early 12-6 lead on Stephens' 3-pointer and extended itto 17-10 on another Stephens' 3.
But the Cardinal went ahead 21-19 on Justin Davis' layup and closed off thefirst half by outscoring the Beavers 19-6 for a 29-23 halftime lead.
All of Stephens' nine points in the first half were on 3-pointers.
Stephens hit another one to pull the Beavers within 29-26 early in thesecond half before David Lucas' jumper made it 29-28.
Stephens' next 3-pointer made it 31-29 for Oregon State.
Stanford was outrebounded 38-31 by the Beavers, but hit 12 of 13 freethrows. The Cardinal also hit just four of 18 3-pointers, and shot just 39percent overall in the victory.
The Cardinal had never won five straight in the 54-year history of GillColiseum.