Oregon State Sneaks Past Oregon, 65-62
March 4, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Sasa Cuic had 21 points to lead Oregon State to a 65-62 Civil War victory over Oregon on Saturday.
Chamberlain Oguchi had 20 points for the Ducks (13-17, 7-11 Pac-10).
Senior Chris Stephens had 13 and Marcel Jones added 10 for the Beavers (12-17,5-13).
The Ducks, who finished Pac-10 play seventh in the conference, will play Washington State in the Pac-10 Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. Ninth-place Oregon State plays Arizona State.
Malik Hairston added 11 points and seven rebounds for Oregon.
The Beavers came into the game having lost 11 of 13 games since senior point guard Lamar Hurd went down with a groin injury.
Hurd, a four-year starter and team captain who is still recuperating, was inserted into the starting lineup but left after the opening tip so he could be cheered while coming off the floor.
Oregon State was also without senior Nick DeWitz, whose season ended when he separated his shoulder last week against USC.
But the Beavers brought energy and motivation that the Ducks were missing. Oregon State led 33-28 after a 7-2 run, and then 37-30 at the half.
The Ducks briefly took a 50-49 lead on Maarty Leunen's dunk at 7:21 in the second half, but Cuic made back-to-back 3s for Oregon State.
Leunen's hit a 3-pointer at 1:19 to get within 61-60.
Then, in a lucky break for the Beavers, Cuic tapped a Stephens miss hard against the top part of the backboard. Somehow the ball ricocheted back into the hoop, extending Oregon State's lead to three.
Leunen hit two free throws to get the Ducks within one again, but Stephens missed two free throws for the Beavers and Oguchi airballed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Duck point guard Aaron Brooks came into the game averaging 17 points, 4.7 assists and no turnovers in his last three games, but had an off night, with five points, three assists and three turnovers, sitting most of the second half in favor of backup Brandon Lincoln.
Chris Stephens hit his 179th career 3-pointer, tying Deaundra Tanner (1997-01) for first place in Oregon State history.