Oregon State Beats No. 24 Arizona, 75-65
Jan. 12, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Nick DeWitz had 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Oregon State lost a 22-point second-half lead then held off No. 24 Arizona 75-65 on Thursday night.
Chris Stephens and Sasa Cuic each added 13 points for the Beavers (9-6, 2-2 Pac-10), who outscored Arizona 14-4 over the final 4 minutes after the Wildcats had rallied to tie the game.
Hassan Adams had 22 points and five steals and Mustafa Shakur added 17 points for the Wildcats (10-5, 3-2).
Marcel Jones scored twice and Cuic hit a 15-footer with 59 seconds left to give Oregon State a 69-63 lead.
The Beavers scored the game's first 14 points and completely dominated the opening 8 minutes. By the time Arizona called a timeout with 11:49 left in the half, Oregon State was up 20-4, had made nine of 10 shots and had a 6-1 rebounding advantage.
The Beavers hit 12 of their first 14 shots and led by as many as 23 points in the first half, with Arizona getting within 41-24 on a 3-pointer by Shakur.
The Wildcats came out in a press after halftime and got back in the game after trailing 46-24.
Arizona went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 55-44 on Shakur's three-point play. Less than 2 minutes later, after a turnover by Jason Fontenet, Adams finished a fast break with a rim-shaking dunk that got Arizona within seven.
Shakur completed another three-point play to cut the lead to 61-59, and the junior point guard tied the game with a scoop shot with 4 minutes to go.
The Beavers entered the game coming off a 72-64 win over California that snapped a 14-game road losing streak that dated to the 2003-04 season.
The Wildcats handed Oregon State its only home loss last season in a game the Beavers led by 15 points at one time.