Undermanned Wyoming Slowed By Oregon State, 83-77

Dec. 20, 1999

By LANDON HALL
Associated Press Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jason Heide and Deaundra Tanner each scored 21 pointsas Oregon State slowed down high-scoring Wyoming 83-77 Monday night.

Brian Jackson added 18 points for the Beavers (7-2), and Tanner had acareer-high 10 assists.

LeDarion Jones scored a career-high 26 points to lead Wyoming (6-4).

Wyoming came in averaging 87.2 points and more than eight 3-pointers a game,but the Cowboys made just 6-of-19 from long range.

The loss of center Ugo Udezue, who had season-ending surgery on his leftknee last week, left Wyoming with a small lineup that was dominated by the6-foot-10 Heide and the 6-9 Jackson.

Wyoming trailed by 13 late in the first half and by eight at halftime, buttwo straight 3-pointers by Jones helped the Cowboys pull close. A jumper byJustin French tied it at 51 with 15:39 to play.

Oregon State pulled away with perimeter shooting. A 3-pointer by Jackson putthe Beavers ahead 56-52, and a 3-pointer by Adam Masten, followed by Heide'shook and a 3-pointer by Tanner, made it 68-57.

Wyoming made another run, getting within 76-72 on Jones' hook, and OregonState opened the door by missing seven of eight free throws in the final 1:08.But the Cowboys threw the ball away twice in the last minute, and couldn't getcloser.

French added 14 points and Chris McMillian had 13 for Wyoming, which wascoming off a 99-80 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

Oregon State, playing the Cowboys for the first time since 1978, won its14th straight non-conference home game.