Oregon State knocks off No. 25 Arizona at home

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Jay John can't say what Oregon State's
upset of Arizona means in the long run. He does know what
made it happen.

"We shot like crazy in the first half," the Beavers'
fourth-year coach said.

And they kept it up for most of the game, shooting a season-high
61.4 percent in a 75-65 victory over the Wildcats (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) on Thursday

Nick DeWitz had a season-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting to
lead the Beavers, who lost a 22-point lead in the second half lead,
but held on in the final minutes.

Chris Stephens and Sasa Cuic each added 13 points for the
Beavers (9-6, 2-2 Pac-10), who outscored Arizona 14-4 over the
final 4 minutes after the Wildcats had rallied to tie the game.

Hassan Adams had 22 points and five steals and Mustafa Shakur
added 17 points for the Wildcats (10-5, 3-2).

Marcel Jones scored twice and Cuic hit a 15-footer with 59
seconds left to give Oregon State a 69-63 lead.

The Beavers scored the game's first 14 points and completely
dominated the opening 8 minutes. By the time Arizona called a
timeout with 11:49 left in the half, Oregon State was up 20-4, had
made nine of 10 shots and had a 6-1 rebounding advantage.

The Beavers hit 12 of their first 14 shots and led by as many as
23 points early on. Oregon State shot 65 percent in the first half
and took a 41-24 lead into halftime.

John, an assistant under Lute Olson at Arizona for four seasons,
beat his mentor for the second time in seven games.

The Beavers entered the game off a 72-64 win over California
that snapped a 14-game road losing streak and gave them a needed
boost of confidence.

John said he couldn't attach any particular significance to
beating Arizona.

"I don't really know anything yet. ... We're not near what
we're going to be later. Our guys are going to get better," he

The Wildcats handed Oregon State its only home loss last season
in a game the Beavers led by 15 points at one time. The Beavers
have won 12 of 14 home conference games.

The Wildcats came out in a press after halftime and got back in
the game after trailing 46-24.

Arizona went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 55-44 on Shakur's
three-point play. Less than 2 minutes later, after a turnover by
Jason Fontenet, Adams finished a fast break with a rim-shaking dunk
that got Arizona within seven.

Shakur completed another three-point play to cut the lead to
61-59, and the junior point guard tied the game with a scoop shot
with 4 minutes to go. But Arizona's offensive production broke down
as the Beavers clamped down on defense.

But to Olson, the game was lost much earlier.

"If they're going to be a good team, they have to be a good
team for 40 minutes," he said of the Wildcats. "They can't be a
good team for 20 minutes."

The Wildcats forced 23 turnovers, but were ineffective on
offense for too much of the game. The return of sophomore swingman
Jawann McClellan, a good shooter who was academically ineligible
for the first part of the season, did little to stop Arizona's
perimeter woes. The Pac-10's worst 3-point shooting team went just
3-of-13 from long range. McClellan finished with eight points.

"In this league you can't go on the road and play like that,"
Shakur said. "They had the momentum and they had the energy."