Beavers Cruise By Cougars, 52-41

Jan. 15, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - David Lucas had 21 points to lead Oregon State to a52-41 win over Washington State on Thursday.

The Cougars shot a season-low 29 percent, and made just 3-of-15 3-pointers.

Chris Stephens and Jim Hanchett added eight points apiece for the Beavers(8-6, 2-2 Pac-10). Reserve Ezenwa Ukeagu had 11 points to lead the Cougars(8-7, 2-3), who shot 21 percent in the first half and committed nine turnovers.

It was a slow and sloppy beginning for both teams. The game was tied 11-11more than halfway through the first half. Oregon State then warmed up, using a14-1 run on its way to a 29-16 lead at the break.

Lucas had the only hot hand in the first half, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10shooting.

Stephens hit a 3-pointer at 9:52 in the second half to give the Beavers a39-24 lead. Oregon State's lead increased to 48-29 at 4:34, as the desperateCougars hoisted errant 3-pointers.

The Cougars closed with a 12-4 run, but it was too little, too late.

Oregon State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams

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