Ducks Top Beavers, 69-60
March 10, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Bryan Bracey had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Oregonsurvived an awful first half to defeat Oregon State 69-60 Saturday night.
The Ducks (14-14, 5-13 Pac-10) had lost eight of nine, but their secondvictory of the season against Oregon State made them eligible for the NationalInvitation Tournament.
Jason Heide, one of three seniors playing his last game at Oregon State, had13 points and nine rebounds. Brian Jackson added 10 before fouling out for the11th time this season, with 11:31 to play.
For the first time in 82 years, the Beavers (10-20, 4-14) won fewer games ina season than the school's football team. During the 1919 season, the footballteam went 4-4-1, while the basketball team was 3-13. This season's footballteam finished 11-1.
Oregon State got within 31-29 on a 3-pointer from Josh Steinthal with 14:36to play, but the Ducks pulled away from there. The lead reached 13 before theBeavers twice cut it to four, the last time coming with 2:29 left.
But the Beavers' Jimmie Haywood lost the ball out of bounds, and at theother end, Julius Hicks followed Bracey's airball with a two-handed dunk topush the lead to 56-50 with 1:31 left.
Freddie Jones added 14 points for the Ducks, who have won 15 of 16 againstOregon State.
The Beavers were just 7-of-30 from 3-point range.
Both teams were simply horrendous in the first half. Oregon State startedoff the game by making just two of 16 shots, while Oregon was 5-for-18. TheBeavers shot 25 percent in the half, and the Ducks just under 30 percent.
After Jackson opened the game with a layup, Oregon State didn't get anotherbasket for more than 8 1/2 minutes. The Ducks weren't much better, however, andthey managed only a 9-3 lead.
Trailing 15-5 after more than 13 minutes, the Beavers warmed up a little,converting four straight baskets and getting within 17-16. Haywood hit a3-pointer, and Jackson finished an 11-2 run with a fastbreak layup afterteammate Mike Cokley had blocked Luke Ridnour's 3-point attempt.
A 3-pointer by Oregon's Ben Lindquist was the only field goal in the lastthree minutes, and the Ducks capped the forgettable first 20 minutes by takinga 23-19 lead.
Oregon State point guard Deaundra Tanner had just four points on 1-of-9shooting in his final game. The other senior, Steinthal, had 12 points.