“It (the win) feels great,” said junior forward David Lucas. “We worked really hard during the week to prepare for them. I thank the scout squad for coming out there and playing good and helping us be prepared for Arizona. I think we played good as a team and I think we went out there and played our hearts out and we got the victory.”
Lucas and Chris Stephens led the way for OSU with 22 points apiece. Lucas drilled 10-of-14 from the field while Stephens hit 8-of-15, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
“Guys are gaining confidence, so obviously I am really happy for the guys,” said Beaver head man Jay John. “They’ve been through a lot. This is a great win for us.”
Stephens is steadily climbing up OSU’s career three-point list, now with 84, he is six behind Brian Jackson for 9th all time in Beaver history.
The win by Oregon State snaps a seven-game win streak by the Wildcats against the Beavers.
Arizona held early leads of one and two points, but for the most part OSU controlled the game. The Wildcats last lead was 8-7 with 16:50 remaining in the first half. At that point the Beavers went on a 14-2 run to take a 21-10 lead with 12:16 remaining in the half.
Lute Olson’s team cut the Beaver lead to one point three times in the first half after that Beaver run, but a Stephens three-ball with 14 seconds remaining in the first half gave OSU a four-point halftime advantage and Arizona never got closer than three in the second half.
It seemed as if every time Arizona made a big play Oregon State would answer and never let the Wildcats get on top.
“The team that played the hardest won,” said Arizona coach Lute Olson. “Obviously they were better prepared than we were, because they came out and gave it 100 percent for the whole ball game.”
The loss drops Olson to 8-2 against his former assistants and 36-7 against the Beavers all time. The loss also drops the Wildcats to 6-6 when scoring less than 90.
Channing Frye led Arizona with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Rodgers and
Hassan Adams had 14 points apiece, while Salim Stoudamire and Mustafa Shakur
added 12 respectively.
With under 10 minutes left to play, all of the Beavers points came on dunks, lay ups, and free throws, a total of 23 points, and the final margin of six was the closest the game got in that time frame.
Lamar Hurd had what some may think was his best game of the year with nine points, eight assists, two steals, and zero turnovers.
Speaking of turnovers, the Beavers won that battle tonight forcing 20 by the Wildcats while committing only seven themselves, just one in the second half.
OSU scored 21 points off of those Arizona turnovers and they did not give up any points off of their own turnovers.
Both teams shot the ball well tonight from the floor with OSU narrowly out-shooting Arizona 55.4% to 52.7%.
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