Oregon State Holds Off UCLA, 85-80

Dec. 31, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Chris Stephens hit five of six free throws in thefinal 18 seconds as Oregon State held on to beat UCLA 85-80 on Friday.

David Lucas had 21 points and J.S. Nash had 20 for Oregon State (8-3, 1-0).The Beavers led by as many as 14 in the second half.

Michael Fey had 23 and Dijon Thompson had 20 for the Bruins.

The Beavers led 71-57, but Thompson hit two 3-pointers and Michael Fey had arim-shaking dunk to cut into the lead. The Bruins (6-2, 1-1) got within three,but Stephens hit his free throws to close out the game.

Lucas, a senior who was an all-conference selection last year, was sidelineduntil this week with a torn tendon in his big toe. He didn't start, but played26 minutes.

Lucas scored 13 points in 17 minutes in his debut Tuesday against SacramentoState.

Five Beavers scored in double-figures.

Morrison and Farmar each had 11 points in the first half, with the Bruinsgoing on an 11-0 run before the break to lead 42-37.

The game turned Oregon State's way in the second half.

Sasa Cuic hit a 3-pointer to pull the Beavers even at 42. Josh Shippanswered on the other end, but Jason Fontenet and Nash hit back-to-back3-pointers to give Oregon State the lead again. A minute later, Nash buriedanother 3-pointer, the Beavers' fourth in four shots, and the lead was 51-45.

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