Beavers Come Back To Beat Hornets

Dec 15, 2002

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phillip Ricci scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds tolead Oregon State over Sacramento State 62-49 at a Hornet Gym record crowd of1,667 Saturday night.

The senior forward Ricci scored all but three of his points in the secondhalf, helping the Beavers pull away after a 20-20 halftime score.

Oregon State forward Brian Jackson, who along with Ricci dominated the post,contributed 12 points. While the Beavers (4-1) shot just 42 percent for thegame (21-of-49), they hit 18 of 23 free throws and outrebounded SacramentoState 42 to 33.

The Hornets (4-4) led by as many as eight in the first half, spurred bycenter Tony Champion, who had 16 points.

Sacramento State forward Derek Lambeth added 13 points. But the Hornetsfailed in their attempt to win with the 3-point shot, hitting just 3-of-22 frombeyond the arc.

With the loss, Sacramento State has now lost 19 of 20 games all-time againstPac-10 teams. The Hornets compete in the Big Sky Conference.

The Beavers struggled in the first half, shooting just 31 percent. But afterguard Brandon Guytons 3-pointer put the Hornets ahead 16-8, Oregon Statefinished the half on a 12-4 run.

Ahead 34-30 in the second half, the Beavers scored 14 straight points topull away for good.

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