Oregon State Makes It Six Straight
Jan. 2, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jason Fontenet had 14 points, including 12 in thesecond half, as Oregon State rallied to beat Southern California 74-64 onSunday for the Beavers' sixth straight victory.
David Lucas had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers (10-3, 2-0Pacific-10) who opened league play with two victories for the first time since1992-93.
Rory O'Neil had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans (7-6, 0-2), whohave lost three of their last four games.
Trailing by as many as seven points in the second half, the Beavers narrowedit to 49-47 on Fontenet's jumper.
That sparked a 14-4 run capped by Fontenet's layup that made it 61-53 forOregon State. Fontenet scored his 12 second-half points during the run.
The Trojans led for most of the first half after an early 8-0 run to go up11-3, but the lead was short-lived and Oregon State narrowed it to 16-15 onSasa Cuic's 3-pointer.
Gabriel Pruitt hit on a mid-court 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 35-31for USC at the half.
It was USC's fifth straight loss on the road. The last game the Trojans wonon the road was in Corvallis, a 63-60 victory over the Beavers in last season'sfinale.
The Trojans were coming off a 90-83 loss at Oregon in their Pac-10 opener,while the Beavers had an 85-80 victory over UCLA on Friday.