Beavers Squeeze Past Bears, 64-59

Nov 17, 2001

AP Sports Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brian Jackson scored 22 points as Oregon Statestruggled past Division II Northern Colorado 64-59 Saturday in the seasonopener for both teams.

Brandon Payton, the half-brother of Seattle SuperSonics guard and formerOregon State star Gary Payton, added 16 points for the Beavers, who had to usefive freshmen because of the suspension of two key players.

Jared Ramirez scored 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting from 3-point range to leadNorthern Colorado, and his consecutive 3s put the Bears ahead 41-36 in theearly minutes of the second half.

Two free throws by Michael Morse, the Bears' tallest starter at 6-foot-6,tied it at 56 with 2:41 to go.

Jackson spun for a layup near the baseline, and after a missed shot at theother end, Payton's layup was touched on the way down for goaltending. He wasfouled on the play and missed the free throw, but Jackson rebounded, and Paytonwas fouled again. He made one of two to seal it at 61-56 with 35.9 secondsleft.

Oregon State, which went 10-20 last season and at times used seven playersbecause of injuries, again found itself shorthanded without starting forwardPhilip Ricci and reserve guard Jimmie Haywood. They were suspended one game forplaying in a tournament in Seattle last spring that was not sanctioned by theNCAA.

Still, the Beavers looked awful in the first half, especially on defense.Joe See, a highly regarded freshman guard out of Martinez, Calif., didn't get ahand up to stop Jared Ramirez, who hit four straight 3-pointers during a 14-2run that put Northern Colorado ahead 18-13.

Oregon State responded with a 16-2 run, but the Beavers' only field goal inthe final 5:12 was Jackson's 3-pointer, and Northern Colorado took a 33-32halftime lead.

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