Nov. 17, 2004
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By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Sasa Cuic's three-point play with four seconds left
gave Oregon State a 69-67 victory over Siena on Wednesday in the first round of
the BCA Invitational.
The Beavers (1-0) advance to play East Carolina, which beat Pepperdine
earlier in the day.
Cuic, a freshman, finished with 17 points, and none were bigger than the
final three. After J.S. Nash brought Oregon State within one with a jumper,
Siena point guard Kojo Mensah dribbled the ball off his foot for a turnover,
giving the Beavers a chance.
They called timeout with 10 seconds left, and Nash started the final play by
working a pick-and-roll with Cuic. When the defense went with Nash, he quickly
passed to Cuic, who drove the basket and made a layup as he was fouled by
Cuic converted the free throw to make it 69-67, and Mensah's 3-pointer just
before the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Nash added 15 points for Oregon State and Chris Stephens scored 12.
Michael Haddix bounced back from a rough first half to lead the Saints (0-1)
with 26 points.
They trailed 47-38 early in the second half before Haddix found his range.
He made his last six shots, including jumpers from close range on three
consecutive possessions to give Siena a 54-51 lead.
The margin grew to eight on Haddix's layup over Jim Hanchett, and Brent
Sniezyk made a free throw to put the Saints ahead 62-53.
But the Beavers eventually closed to 65-64 on a free throw by Nash, two from
Chris Stephens and a layup by Kyle Jeffers. Mensah scored with an acrobatic
move in the paint to make it 67-64, before Nash's jumper set up the final
Oregon State was playing without starter David Lucas and top reserve Angelo
Tsagarakis, both out with injuries. Also, transfer Nick DeWitz isn't eligible
until Dec. 11.