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Oregon State Edges Long Beach for Third Place in Tournament

From Associated Press

Center Teo Alibegovic scored 21 points Saturday night in leading Oregon State to a 75-72 victory over Cal State Long Beach and a third-place finish in the Illini Classic.

Illinois won the tournament for the 12th time in its 12-year history with an 85-67 victory over Georgia Southern.

Long Beach was led by Lucious Harris, who scored 27 points. Will Brantley added 19 for the Beavers.

The victory improved Oregon State’s record to 2-1. Long Beach fell to 1-4.

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After falling behind early, Oregon State was able to hang tough through the first half as the 49ers built a 41-36 halftime lead.

The Beavers took the lead for good in the second half when Alibegovic hit two free throws and a basket to put his team ahead, 68-65, with 6:50 remaining.

The 49ers could have won the game at the free-throw line, but they missed three of four attempts in the final minute. Oregon State secured the victory when a three-point attempt at the buzzer by Mike Masucci fell short.

In the championship game, junior forward Andy Kaufmann scored 28 points to lead Illinois.

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Deon Thomas added 19 points and Rennie Clemens added 14 for the Illini. Georgia Southern was led by Tony Windlass, who scored 15 points.

Illinois improved to 6-3. Georgia Southern is 2-3.


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