Beavers Blast Mustangs

Dec 2, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Philip Ricci scored 21 points and grabbed eightrebounds as Oregon State defeated Cal-Poly 81-60 Monday night at Gill Coliseum.

The Mustangs (0-2) were led by Varnie Dennis with 24 points. Steve Geary had12 points and Jason Allen had 11.

Jimmie Haywood added 20 points for the Beavers (2-1).

Dennis, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, carried the load early for the Mustangs,scoring 17 of their first 22 points.

The Beavers twice threatened to pull away in the first half when OSU went ona 9-2 run with the game tied at 10-10. But Geary and Dennis hit back-to-back3-pointers to get the Mustangs close.

Cal-Poly was down 11 points at 41-30 when Geary hit another trey to get theMustangs back within single digits. Still, OSU took a 42-33 lead into halftime.

The Mustangs came back in the second half, scoring 10 points in the firstthree minutes and cutting OSUs lead to 45-43. But with Dennis on the benchafter getting his fourth foul, Cal-Poly went cold, scoring just seven points inthe next 9:30 minutes.

Led by Floyd North II with nine, OSU out-rebounded the Mustangs 38-25. FloydNorth III led the Beavers with nine boards, followed by Riccis eight. J.S. Nashhad eight assists to lead Oregon State.

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