Bruins Fall To Beavers In Pac-10 Tournament, 79-72

Box Score

March 10, 2005

By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Chris Stephens scored 17 points, Nick DeWitz had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Oregon State surprised UCLA 79-72 in a first-round game of the Pac-10 tournament to perhaps damage the Bruins' NCAA hopes.

The win was the first for the Beavers against a conference opponent away from Gill Coliseum this season. They were 8-1 at home and 0-9 on the road in league games including losses at UCLA and last-place Southern California last week.

The Pac-10 tournament is being played at Staples Center, a neutral court located about 15 miles from UCLA.

The fifth-seeded Beavers (17-13) will face No. 8 Arizona in Friday night's semifinals. The top-seeded Wildcats beat eighth-seeded California 88-63 in the tournament opener.

Freshman Sasa Cuic scored 12 points, David Lucas had 11 and Jason Fontenot added 10 for Oregon State, which went ahead for good in the opening three minutes.

Dijon Thompson led fourth-seeded UCLA (18-10) with 21 points. Freshman Jordan Farmar added 16 and Josh Shipp scored all 13 of his points and got 10 of his 11 rebounds in the second half.

The loss ended a season-high four-game winning streak for UCLA. Oregon State had entered the tournament having lost four of its previous six games. The Beavers have clinched their first winning season in 15 years.

Oregon State shot 25-of-51 and 7-of-16 from 3-point range while the Bruins went 25-of-67 and 7-of-27 from outside the arc. Thompson was 8-of-20 and Farmar went 6-of-19.

Oregon State led 51-33 before Shipp scored his first eight points of the game in less than two minutes to move UCLA within 10. He hadn't attempt a shot before that.

The Beavers extended their lead to 14 before Thompson made two 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that made it 55-51 with 9{ minutes left.

But that was as close as the Bruins would get. DeWitz made a three-point play and Fontenot added a 3-point shot during an 8-1 run that gave Oregon State a 65-54 lead with 6:17 to go. UCLA wasn't closer than six points after that.

Oregon State took a 10-point lead in the first six minutes, and the Beavers got two 3-pointers by Cuic and one each by Fontenot and Stephens to help them extend their advantage to 36-15.

UCLA was 5-of-20 from the floor including 0-of-7 from 3-point range and had eight turnovers at that stage.

Ryan Hollins ended a 10-0 Oregon State run by making two free throws, and Thompson made a 3-pointer for UCLA's first field goal in over seven minutes before Oregon State went on a 9-3 run for a 22-point lead.

The Bruins then scored the last seven points of the first half to make it 45-30.

Jim Harrick, who coached UCLA to its 11th and most recent NCAA championship 10 years ago, attended the game. Harrick, fired from UCLA shortly before the 1996-97 season for lying on an expense account, is now a scout for the Denver Nuggets.


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Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
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