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Lucas, Stephens score 22 each

2/22/2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- While Chris Stephens sneaked away
quickly, David Lucas got caught up in the frenzy of celebrating
fans after Oregon State upset Arizona (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP).

"It was wild. They were jumping up. I was jumping up. Everybody
was jumping up," the junior forward said. "It was a great
feeling."

Lucas and Stephens each had 22 points and the Beavers beat the
Wildcats 90-84 Saturday night.

It was Oregon State's first victory over a ranked team since
2000, when they beat then-No. 3 Arizona 70-69 in overtime at Gill
Coliseum.

"Well, we can sum it up in a few words, I think," Wildcats
coach Lute Olson said. "The team that played the hardest won.
Obviously they were better prepared than we were, because they came
out and gave it 100 percent for the whole ball game."

The Wildcats (17-7, 9-6) had won three straight going into play
the Beavers (11-13, 4-9), the Pacific-10's ninth-place team.

Oregon State has won three of four after losing six straight.
Next up is top-ranked Stanford on Thursdsay.

After leading by as many as 11 points in the first half, the
Beavers came out energized for the second, and went up 56-46 on
Chris Stephens' 3-pointer.

The Wildcats pulled to 57-54 on Salim Stoudamire's 3-pointer,
but J.S. Nash and Angelo Tsagarakis hit a pair of quick jumpers to
make it 61-54 for the Beavers.

Tsagarakis hit a pair of 3s, Lamar Hurd dunked and Stephens
followed up with an unanswered layup to give Oregon State a 71-58
lead, its biggest of the game.

Stephens' fast-break layup put the Beavers ahead 81-67 and
Oregon State kept the margin fairly comfortable for the rest of the
way.

With about a minute left, the crowd began chanting
"Overrated!" Afterward, fans rushed onto the floor to celebrate.

Beavers coach Jay John was an assistant at Arizona under Olson
before he took the job with the Beavers prior to last season.

"It still hasn't really hit me yet," he said.

Channing Frye led the Wildcats with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Chris Rodgers and Hassan Adams each had 14 points.

Arizona, which looked fatigued for much of the game, was coming
off a 100-87 victory over Oregon in Eugene on Thursday. Stoudamire,
who had a career-high 37 points in the victory over the Ducks,
scored his previous career-high of 34 points in a 107-83 victory
over UCLA the weekend before. He earned Pac-10 player of the week
honors on Monday.

But Stoudamire got into trouble with three fouls in the first
half against the Beavers, and was used conservatively. He finished
with 12 points.

Oregon State jumped out to a 17-10 early lead on Stephens'
3-pointer, and the crowd at Gill Coliseum was on its feet. The
Beavers extended it 21-10 on Kenny Hooks' short jumper.

Adams pulled the Wildcats to 31-29 with a 3-pointer then added a
free throw to get within one point.

The Beavers didn't let them come any closer in the first half,
and fended off another threat in the final seconds when the
Wildcats climbed to 42-41. Stephens hit a 3-pointer to make it
45-41 at the intermission.

The Beavers were coming off Thursday's 68-61 win over Arizona
State.

"Yeah, I've got to say that was a big one. We beat Oregon and
that is also big for our program, so those two home wins have shown
that we're making progress and starting to head in the right
direction," John said.

The Wildcats had not lost since Feb. 7, when they fell 80-77 to
top-ranked Stanford on Nick Robinson's running 3-pointer from 35
feet out at the buzzer.

Arizona had won the last seven meetings with Oregon State. The
Wildcats beat the Beavers 109-75 in Tucson on Jan. 22, with both
Adams and Stoudamire scoring 20 points.