Oregon State Downs ASU, 88-66

Jan. 20, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - David Lucas scored 27 points and Nick DeWitz added 22on 9-of-9 shooting to lead Oregon State to an 88-66 win over Arizona State onThursday.

The Beavers (11-6, 3-3 Pacific Coast Conference) shot 62.5 percent in theirfirst full game under assistant Kevin Mouton, who filled in as coach Jay Johnreceives treatment for hypertension.

Ike Diogu had 27 points for Arizona State (13-4, 2-4). Kevin Kruger addednine for the Sun Devils, who have lost straight conference games.

Diogu, the Pac-10 leader in scoring, rebounding and blocks entering thegame, carried the load for the Sun Devils in the first half, scoring 22 oftheir first 32 points.

His back-to-back 3-pointers gave Arizona State a 28-22 lead, but theBeavers' shooting kept them in the game. DeWitz made all five of his first-halfshots and Jason Fontenet hit all four of his as Oregon State took a 42-39 leadat the break.


David Lucas, left, shoots around Arizona State's Ike Diogu during the first half Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Lucas scored on the play. (AP Photo/Karl Maasdam)


Oregon State dominated the second half as Diogu's influence evaporated.Chris Stephens scored back-to-back baskets for the Beavers, increasing the leadto 61-48.

Arizona State called timeout, but the Beavers kept rolling. Lucas poweredinside for two points, J.S. Nash hit two free throws and Lamar Hurd fed DeWitzfor an alley-oop dunk that increased the lead to 19.

John was hospitalized this weekend in Seattle after leaving the Beavers'108-68 loss to Washington at halftime with chest pains and shortness of breath.He watched the game on a TV in the Gill Coliseum basement and may miss OregonState's Saturday game with Arizona.

Diogu, a junior forward, has scored in double figures in every game in hiscareer, a streak that has reached 77 games.

Hurd had nine assists for Oregon State.

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