Beavers Capture Fifth In Rainbow Classic

Dec. 23, 2005

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HONOLULU (AP) - Chris Stephens scored 23 points to lead Oregon State to a 73-68 victory over Western Michigan in the fifth place game of the Rainbow Classic Friday.

Nick DeWitz added 14 points for Oregon State (6-4) while Sasa Cuic had 11.

Andrew Hershberger had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Western Michigan (3-6). Joe Reitz added 16 points and Stanes Bufford 12 for the Broncos.

With the game tied at 45 with 16:33 remaining, Oregon State went on a 16-4 run lasting about seven minutes, sparked by six points each from DeWitz and Cuic.

Western Michigan pulled to within three, 71-68, on Andre Ricks baseline jumper with 8.8 seconds remaining.

But Stephens then made two free throws to seal the victory for the Beavers.

Oregon State led 37-36 at halftime after a tight first period that saw two ties and six lead changes.

A 14-3 Western Michigan run, capped by a 3-pointer by Hershberger, gave the Broncos a 28-21 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first, the biggest lead of the half by either team.

Western Michigan outrebounded Oregon State 42-33 but made just 4-of-17 3-point attempts (23.5 percent).

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