Huskies Fall to Beavers, 73-65

Feb. 22, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Josh Tarver had 16 points and seven assists to lead Oregon State to a 73-65 win over Washington Thursday night.

Marcel Jones added 15 points for the Beavers (11-18, 3-13 Pac-10), whose previous conference wins had come against Arizona State. Wesley Washington had 14 points.

Spencer Hawes had 22 points for the Huskies(16-11, 6-9). Jon Brockman added 14 points and 14 rebounds and Quincy Pondexter had 13 points.

The Beavers entered the game two losses away from becoming the first Oregon State squad to lose 20 games since 2000-01. The Beavers had 14 steals, with four apiece from Tarver and Washington, and shot 42 free throws.

The Huskies, who entered the game second in the conference in scoring, behind Arizona, missed their season average by 13 points.

The Beavers led 9-2 and 14-8 before the Huskies made a run toward the end of the half, taking their first lead at 20-18 on back-to-back scores from Hawes. The Beavers led 24-22 at halftime after Tarver's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Oregon State made just 4 of 12 free throws in the first half and was outrebounded 23-12.

The Beavers' started quickly after the half. Oregon State's lead went to nine points on Jack McGillis' catch-and-shoot 3, 11 on an alley-oop from Tarver to Jones, and then 13 on McGillis' fast-break layup off a steal to make it 44-31 with 9:13 left.

Brockman made two free throws for the Huskies but Jones countered with a 3 to push the lead to 14.

That proved too big a deficit for Washington to recover from, and it got no closer than six points. The Huskies, who entered the game tied for seventh in the conference with California, have two of their final three regular-season games against ranked teams - No. 23 Oregon Saturday and fourth-ranked UCLA a week later.

McGillis had 11 points for the Beavers, who face No. 9 Washington State on Saturday.

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