Washington Tops Oregon State, 68-63

Feb. 21, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Curtis Allen scored 15 points as Washington putitself in the drivers seat for the eighth and final spot in the Pac-10Tournament by defeating Oregon State 68-63 on Thursday night.

Doug Wrenn scored 14 points and David Dixon added 12 for the Huskies (10-16,4-12 Pac-10), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Oregon State.

Philip Ricci scored 24 points and Brandon Payton added 19 for the Beavers(11-15, 3-12), who ensured their 12th straight non-winning season.

Oregon State battled back from a double-digit deficit and closed to within61-58. The Huskies didn't make a field goal in the final 4:40, but Washingtonhit seven of eight free throws in the final 32 seconds to clinch the game.

The Beavers were playing without two of their leading scorers - JimmieHaywood and Brian Jackson - who both left the team earlier this week. Jacksonand Haywood were the team's second- and third-leading scorers, respectively.

It was the first time Washington coach Bob Bender defeated his formerassistant, OSU coach Ritchie McKay, in four tries.

Oregon State caught fire midway through the second half, scoring on fivestraight possessions and knocking down three 3-pointers, but still trailed55-51.

Erroll Knight scored back-to-back baskets, and a 12-footer by Wrenn pushedthe lead back to double-digits, 61-51.

Payton converted a three-point play and Ricci hit two free throws to put theBeavers within five with 2:34 to play.

J.S. Nash and Floyd North each added a free throw to make the score 61-58with 33.4 seconds to play, but the Huskies closed it out at the free throwline.

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