Oregon State Falls Short Against East Carolina, 64-62

Nov. 18, 2004

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Mike Cook scored 22 points and Japhet McNeil made twoclutch free throws down the stretch, helping East Carolina hold off OregonState 64-62 Thursday night in the semifinals of the BCA Invitational.

Sasa Cuic missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that would have won itfor the Beavers (1-1).

Moussa Badiane, who was suspended from the opener because he played in anon-certified summer league, added 13 points and five blocks for the Pirates(2-0). They play No. 19 North Carolina State in the final Friday night.

East Carolina led throughout most of the second half, and the margin wasnine after Badiane made a jumper with about 6{ minutes left.

Oregon State fought back and eventually got within two on a 3-pointer byChris Stephens with 31 seconds remaining. McNeil was fouled and converted bothfree throws before Cuic hit a fadeaway from the baseline to make it 64-62.

Cook went to the line with 10.8 seconds left and missed the front end of aone-and-one, giving the Beavers a final chance. They called a timeout to set upa play, and Stephens was momentarily open for a 3.

He lost the ball, and it went to Cuic, who heaved an off-balanced shot thatmissed everything. Still, the freshman finished with 23 points, a night afterhis three-point play gave Oregon State a two-point victory over Siena in thefirst round.

Stephens had 12 for the Beavers.

The Pirates missed their first seven shots and fell behind 11-0. The margineventually grew to 23-11 before they rallied, using a 14-2 run to tie it. A3-pointer by Tom Hammonds gave East Carolina its first lead, and Jonathan Hartadded a free throw to increase the margin to 30-28 at the break.

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