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March 8, 2006
Ninth-seeded Oregon State (13-17) faces the regular-season champion and top seed, No. 13 UCLA, in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Arizona State (11-17) had beaten OSU in both their regular-season meetings and was seeded No. 8 in the tournament.
Jeffers, a 6-foot-9 junior center, sparked a second-half comeback when the Beavers rallied from a 15-point deficit. Oregon State, which won despite a lineup riddled by injuries, barely held on for the victory.
After going 7:11 without a field goal and falling behind 71-61 with 1:58 to play, the Sun Devils came back to close within three points and had the ball in the closing seconds. But Kevin Kruger, who led ASU with 22 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, threw a pass out of bounds to waste the Sun Devils' final chance to tie it.
Cuic, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward averaging 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, went down in a heap under the Arizona State basket just 4:07 into the game and had to be helped to the dressing room. He scored four of Oregon State's first eight points before being injured.
The Sun Devils, up 10-8 at that point, went on a 10-2 run over the next 4:39 to build a 20-10 lead on Serge Angounou's layup.
Oregon State came back to close within 25-22 on Jason Fontenet's 3-pointer 4:44 before halftime, but the Sun Devils surged away again and held a 38-30 halftime lead.
Kruger led ASU with 13 points, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, in the opening half. Jeffers paced Oregon State with 10 first-half points.
The Beavers' DeWitz separated his left shoulder in a Feb. 25 loss to USC. Hurd has been sidelined most of the latter half of the season by a groin injury.? Play Rivals.com Bracket Battles! Leagues are forming now!