Oregon St. Powers Past Colorado, 98-87

Dec. 4, 2004

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Chris Stephens had a career-high 27 points andfreshman Sasa Cuic added 22 to give Oregon State a 98-87 victory over Coloradoon Saturday.

Marcus Hall had 22 of his 29 points in the first half for Colorado (2-2),single-handedly bringing the Buffalos back from a 16-point deficit.

Jason Fontenet had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Beavers(4-2). J.S. Nash added 13 points and four steals.

Oregon State shot 64 percent from the field in the first half and 59 percentfor the game. Only one Beaver, reserve Derek Potter who was 0-for-2, shot worsethan 50 percent.

Oregon State led 38-22 after Fontenet made two free throws. That's when Halltook over, scoring the Buffaloes' final 18 points of the first half.

The sophomore point guard outscored the Beavers 18-7 during the nearly fiveminute stretch and cut the score to 45-40 by halftime.

The Buffalos came close early in the second half, taking a brief 70-68 leadon Jayson Obazuaye's 3-pointer, but Stephens countered with his own 3-pointerand the Beavers went out on a 10-2 run.

Hall, who made 12 of his 16 shots, couldn't maintain his first-halfproduction, scoring only seven points in the second half.

All five Colorado starters scored in double-figures, including Obazuaye andChris Copeland, who each had 15 points.