Second half run lifts the team to victory over the Comets

Nov. 16, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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The Oregon State University men's basketball team shook off a sluggish start to post a 73-57 victory over the Sydney Comets Sunday afternoon in Gill Coliseum. The exhibition game was the final tune-up prior to next weekend's 2003-2004 season opener.

Junior forward David Lucas paced the Beavers with 14 points, with junior guard J.S. Nash and sophomore center Kevin Field each adding 12 points. Freshman forward Kyle Jeffers corralled a game-high 14 rebounds.

'We improved from our performance from Tuesday, and we need to continue to make that improvement,' Beaver head coach Jay John said. 'We particularly need to improve on offense, I thought the guys did a good job on defense, especially in the second half.'

Oregon State trailed 36-31 at halftime after making just 12 of 38 field goal attempts, and zero of six attempts from behind the three-point line.

The Comets held a 41-37 lead with just under 16 minutes left in the game, before the Beavers went on a 15-2 run over the next eight-plus minutes. The team that missed numerous shots in the paint in the first half made four layups during the run.

Oregon State never looked back after its run early in the second half, building as much as a 17-point advantage late in the contest.

'There were a lot of positives today,' John said. 'Everybody is working hard, we just need to make some improvements in areas, especially on offense. Today was definitely better than our first game.'

The Beavers open the regular season Sat., Nov. 22 with a 7:05 p.m. home game against the Prairie View Panthers in Gill Coliseum.

Sydney Comets (57)Brennan 2-3 0-0 4, Barlow 7-20 2-3 17, Harris 4-11 0-0 8, Banovic 1-5 0-0 3, Sims 3-10 0-0 7, Unicomb 0-1 0-0 0, Cameron-Gardner 0-1 0-0 0, Sadat 5-16 0-0 13, King 0-4 1-2 1, Bauk 2-5 0-0 4 Totals 24-76 3-5 57Oregon State (73)

Hooks 1-6 1-2 3, Lucas 6-13 2-3 14, Jeffers 3-11 2-7 8, Hurd 2-4 1-3 5, Nash 5-9 2-2 12, Tsagarakis 0-2 0-0 0, Remmers 2-4 0-0 4, Hanchett 3-8 0-0 6, Stephens 4-11 0-1 9, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Field 4-7 4-6 12 Totals 30-75 12-23 73Three-Point goals - Barlow 1-6, Banovic 1-3, Sims 1-7, Unicomb 0-1, Sadat 3-8, King 0-2 Hooks 0-1, Nash 0-2, Tsagarakis 0-1, Remmers 0-1, Hanchett 0-1, Stephens 1-5

Halftime - Comets 36, OSU 31. Fouled Out - Harris Rebounds - Comets 49 (Sadat 11), OSU 59 (Jeffers 14). Assists - Comets 17 (Sims 6), OSU 12 (Hurd 5)

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