Men's Basketball Suffers Narrow loss to Athletes-In-Action

Nov. 13, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. - Reed Rawlings scored 17 points as Athletes In Action defeated Oregon State 55-53 in an exhibition game Monday night at Gill Coliseum.By Scott JohnsonAssociated Press

Down 52-51, Athletes In Action's Jack Hartman hit a turnaround jumper on the baseline and was fouled with 17.8 seconds remaining. After making the free throw, AIA led 54-52.

Oregon State guard Deaundra Tanner had a change to tie the game with 7.5 seconds to play, but made only one of two free throws. After a made AIA free throw, Tanner had an opportunity to win the game, but his 27-footer fell short as time expired.

Brian Jackson led Oregon State with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Steinthal added 13 and Jason Heide 12 for the Beavers. Oregon State's offense struggled in the half court all night, setting screens near the 3-point line and settling for perimter shots as the shot clock ran down.

The Beavers scored 92 points in Ritchie McKay's debut as OSU coach in a win last Monday against Start Bratislava. Against Athletes In Action, the Beavers made 43 percent of the shots from the field, but only hit 6-of-21 from behind the 3-point line.

Tanner, an All-Conference guard, scored only five points, shooting 2-of-8 from the field and missing all five of his 3-pointers.

After leading 31-24 going into the break, the Beavers scored on their first five possessions of the second half to take a 41-29 lead, their biggest of the game. Athletes In Action rallied from there, going on a 17-4 run, capped off by two free throws by Ryan Hoover with 6:00 to play, giving AIA a 46-45 lead, its first since 14-12.

Oregon State was playing with only eight men, as Emonte Jernigen, James Jones, Derek Potter and Philip Ricci all missed the game for various reason.

It was Oregon State's final exhibition before opening the regular season Friday at home against Cal-State Fullerton.

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