Beavers stun Wildcats

The Jekyll and Hyde Wildcats continue their bizarre season with a 90-84 loss to the ninth place Oregon State Beavers. Former Wildcat assistant Jay John got his first win against his alma mater as the Cats fail to sweep a Pac-10 road trip this season.

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Oregon State took Arizona out of their comfort zone by playing an Arizona-type, up-tempo game. They out shot and out ran the Wildcats who are used to doing that to their opponents.

"We got outplayed, outcoached, there is not anything we did better than them," Lute Olson said after the game.

Both teams shot over 50% and well over 40% from behind the arc. The big story was turnovers. The Cats turned the ball over 13 times in the crucial second half, while Oregon State lost the ball just once.

David Lucas and Chris Stephens both scored 22 points. Lucas was too much to handle on the inside, while Stephens was tough from the outside, making 4-8 three-pointers.

"They played more together," Olson said. "There is not much we can say except we should take our hats off to them."

The second half belonged to freshman guard Angelo Tsagarakis. He hit three key three-pointers in the second half, including back-to-back threes in a 10-0 run that sealed the win for the Beavers.

Arizona finished the game with five players in double figures, but the turnovers were too much to overcome.

Channing Frye led the Cats 18 points.

The Cats tried to press the Beavers in the second half, but the tactic that has worked so well the past few games came back to hurt them as the Beavers were able to get open look after open look after breaking the press.

The Beavers were tough early, with Lucas leading the way. The big man had the Beavers' first seven points and led them to an early 21-10 lead.

The Beavers kept the Wildcats out of their comfort zone and the Cats scuffled for most of the half. Poor free throw shooting and bad decision making ensured that the Cats could not string together more than five consecutive points until two straight threes and a Channing Frye free throw sparked a 9-0 run and got them within one, 31-30.

Oregon State responded with six quick points and coasted into the half. A Stephens three with seconds left in the half gave the Beavers a 45-41 lead going into the locker room and set the tone for the rest of the game.

A four-point lead at the half, quickly became a 10-point Arizona deficit when the Beavers scored 11 of the half's first 16 points and rode the momentum to the win.

Arizona got within three on two occasions, but could not get any closer as the Beavers shredded the Wildcat defense.

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