Oregon State Downs Siena 69-67
Nov. 17, 2004
By Keith Parsons
AP Sports Writer
Raleigh, N.C. (AP) - Sasa Cuic's three-point play with four seconds left gave Oregon State a 69-67 victory over Siena on Wednesday in the first round of the BCA Invitational.
The Beavers (1-0) advance to play East Carolina, which beat Pepperdine earlier in the day.
Cuic, a freshman, finished with 17 points, and none were bigger than the final three. After J.S. Nash brought Oregon State within one with a jumper, Siena point guard Kojo Mensah dribbled the ball off his foot for a turnover, giving the Beavers a chance.
They called timeout with 10 seconds left, and Nash started the final play by working a pick-and-roll with Cuic. When the defense went with Nash, he quickly passed to Cuic, who drove the basket and made a layup as he was fouled by Antoine Jordan.
Cuic converted the free throw to make it 69-67, and Mensah's 3-pointer just before the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Nash added 15 points for Oregon State and Chris Stephens scored 12.
Michael Haddix bounced back from a rough first half to lead the Saints (0-1) with 26 points.
They trailed 47-38 early in the second half before Haddix found his range. He made his last six shots, including jumpers from close range on three consecutive possessions to give Siena a 54-51 lead.
The margin grew to eight on Haddix's layup over Jim Hanchett, and Brent Sniezyk made a free throw to put the Saints ahead 62-53.
But the Beavers eventually closed to 65-64 on a free throw by Nash, two from Chris Stephens and a layup by Kyle Jeffers. Mensah scored with an acrobatic move in the paint to make it 67-64, before Nash's jumper set up the final sequence.