Northwestern State Stops Oregon State, 72-61

Dec. 21, 2005

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HONOLULU (AP) - Kerwin Forges scored 14 points to lead Northwestern State to a 72-61 victory over Oregon State in the first round of the Rainbow Classic Wednesday night.

Forges came off the bench for Northwestern State (7-2) to shoot 5-for-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Luke Rogers and Jermaine Wallace added 11 points each for the Demons. Northwestern State's leading scorer Clifton Lee, averaging 16.1 points on the season, had just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Oregon State (4-4) pulled to within three, 54-51, with 9:15 remaining. But Northwestern State responded with a 12-4 run to go up 66-55 with five minutes to go and would lead by as many as 13 down the stretch.

Chris Stephens led Oregon State with 17 points. Nick DeWitz added 13 points and Sasa Cuic 10 for the Beavers.

Northwestern State led 33-26 at halftime.

Oregon State led for much of the first half, but Demon Keenan Jones' backcourt steal and dunk with 3:09 remaining in the first capped a 12-2 run to give Northwestern State a seven-point lead, 28-21.

Oregon State committed 13 turnovers in the first half, while Northwestern State did not shoot a free throw before the half.

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