Hassan Adams started the game cold, but rallied to score 14 points and grab five rebounds. Adams started the game shooting 1-11, but got hot in the second half.
Oregon State lost forward Brian Jackson early on and the Wildcat big men feasted on the Beavers thin front line. Rick Anderson, Channing Frye and Dennis Latimore all scored in double figures, while Isaiah Fox added eight. Frye was a perfect 5-5 from the field and Latimore was a solid 4-6.
The Beaver's Phillip Ricci led Oregon State with 24 points The one knock on the Cats had to be their outside shooting. Arizona was just 4-19 from three-point range, but did shoot 43.8% from the field.
The Beavers started the game off the perfect way. They got a number of open looks and built a 9-2 lead. Brian Jackson nailed a three from the corner to open the game and Haywood, Floyd North III and Ricci added short buckets to give the Beavers an early cushion.
Any thoughts of an upset were quickly dashed. The Cats promptly rattled off a 19-2 run and were in control 21-11. The Cats got balanced scoring from their inside players. Other than a Salim Stoudamire three-pointer, all of the points came from the Wildcat big men.
The Beavers got the game within six on a couple of occasions, but the Wildcats finished the half outscoring the Beavers 16-6 and took a 43-25 lead into the half.
Oregon State came on strong to open the second half, scoring six straight points, but the Wildcats had too much for them. The Cats slowly built their lead and a Dennis Latimore follow on an Anderson missed lob put the Wildcats up 60-40.
Arizona coasted to the finish as the Beavers kept things close, but could get no closer than the final 15 point margin.
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