Feb. 20, 2000
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP and staff sources) - Josh Steinthal scored 18 points as Oregon State used a late run to defeat Washington State 64-56 on Saturday.
Jason Heide added 14 points and Deaundra Tanner eight assists for the Beavers (12-12, 4-9 Pac-10).
Mike Bush scored 26 points and had six rebounds for Washington State (5-17, 0-13), while Chris Crosby had 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out.
The Beavers led 23-16 at halftime and built a 12-point lead midway through the second half by moving the ball effectively into the post and passing back out to the perimeter for 3-pointers. Oregon State finished 5-16 from beyond the arc, as Steinthal connected on four attempts.
The Cougars chipped away at the lead and Bush put them within three points by converting a steal into two points with 6:55 left in the game.
On Oregon State's next possession, though, Tanner was fouled as he scored a layup, and after he hit the free throw the Beavers mounted a 12-3 run to go up 57-46 with 1:18 left in the game.
Washington State held Oregon State to 40 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers, but the Cougars only shot 36 percent from the field and grabbed 31 rebounds to the Beavers 40.
Additional Notes and Quotes from WSU's 64-56 loss versus Oregon State
WSU Head Coach Paul Graham:
"I thought our defense was good tonight. It kept us in the game, and I thought we got off to pretty good start. We just couldn't get the ball to go in."
"I can't fault (the players') effort. They came our tonight and gave us what they had. Everybody who played for us tonight gave us everything they had."
On Mike Bush:
"That was a tremendous effort tonight. Mike plays hard. I've been around a lot of good players, but maybe none that played as hard as Mike Bush."
"We've got two home games coming up and they're two tough ones. Our guys have a lot of incentive to come out and play hard and try to get a win this weekend."
Mike Bush scored a career-high 26 points versus the Beavers. It was the fifth time this season that Bush set a career high in scoring. The sophomore from Riverside, Calif., also had six rebounds, three steals and three assists. with the three steals, Bush moved into ninth in WSU career steals. In just 41 games, the sophomore has 94 career steals. Bush passed Craig Ehlo (91 steals/1982-83) and Terrence Lewis (92/1991-92).
WSU's has now dropped 13 games to open the 1999-2000 Pac-10 season, tying the school mark for conference futility. George Raveling's 1974-75 squad dropped its first 13 Pac-8 games before defeating Washington 81-73 in the season finale.
Chris Crosby scored 15 points to pass Ron Bennink (1,222 points/1953-55) for 12th in WSU career scoring. The senior from Littleton, Colo., now has 1,229 career points and needs just 33 more points to enter the top 10.
The Cougars return to Friel Court for their final homestand of the season. WSU welcomes No. 1 Stanford Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, California visits Friel Saturday for Senior Night.