Beavers top Cougs for 2nd straight win

The Associated Press /


Published Jan 23, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 09:21AM

PULLMAN, Wash. — Oregon State watched four separate 10-point leads disappear, but hit key free throws down the stretch to beat Washington State 66-55 on Wednesday.

“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we normally do, both from the foul line and the outside, but we did enough stuff to win the game,” Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said.

Oregon State shot 52 percent from the field, but hit only one 3-pointer in the second half. The Beavers attacked the rim down the stretch and they converted on free throws when it mattered — they were 7 of 8 down the stretch to finish 19 of 27 for the game.

Roberto Nelson scored 26 points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws, and Angus Brandt chipped in 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field as Oregon State (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) got its first conference road win.

“Roberto has a great IQ for a guy who is such a good player,” Robinson said. “He rarely forced anything out there today and then he made the foul shots that we needed him to make.”

D.J. Shelton scored a career-high 24 points, going 4 for 4 from behind the arc for Washington State (8-11, 1-6 Pac-12), which continues to struggle without injured leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Que Johnson added 15 points.

The Beavers led by 11 with 6:15 remaining in the game. Ike Iroegbu hit a 3-pointer followed by back-to-back 3’s from Shelton to cut the led to six, 56-50, but that would be as close as the Cougars would get as OSU began converting free throws.

Oregon State built a 10-point lead twice in the first half, leading 21-11 at the 9:26 mark. The Beavers shot 69 percent from the field (9 of 13) during the stretch. The Beavers led 27-17 late in the half but Washington State hit the final two shots to come to within 33-27.

Washington State shot 59 percent for the half (13-22) but was plagued by turnovers and only hit one free throw, finishing the game 1-4. The Cougars started the game with six turnovers in the opening eight minutes of play. They started the second half in similar fashion, with turnovers on their first two possessions.

Nelson moved into sixth place on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,473 points. Devon Collier scored 10 points and moved into 11th place with 1,326.

The Beavers won in Pullman in consecutive years for the first time in 14 years.

Also on Wednesday:

No. 5 Wichita State 70, Illinois State 55: NORMAL, Ill. — Cleanthony Early scored 23 points at No. 5 Wichita State overcame a halftime deficit.

No. 7 San Diego State 75, San Jose State 50: SAN JOSE, Calif. — Xavier Thames scored 15 points as San Diego State extended the second-longest winning streak in school history to 16 games.

Minnesota 81, No. 9 Wisconsin 68: MINNEAPOLIS — DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that pushed Minnesota over Wisconsin, the Badgers’ third straight loss.

No. 21 Michigan 75, No. 10 Iowa 67: ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, and Michigan remained unbeaten in the Big Ten.

No. 12 Louisville 86, South Florida 47: TAMPA, Fla. — Wayne Blackshear scored 16 points to pace a balanced Louisville offense.

Richmond 58, No. 13 Massachusetts 55: RICHMOND, Va. — Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute for the upset.

No. 18 Duke 67, Miami 46: CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as Duke earned its first league road win of the season.

No. 19 Saint Louis 76, Duquesne 72: PITTSBURGH — Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as Saint Louis avoided an upset.

No. 25 Oklahoma 77, TCU 69: NORMAN, Okla. — Ryan Spangler scored all 13 of his points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma.

Southern Cal 77, California 69: LOS ANGELES — Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points and Southern Cal led all the way for its first Pac-12 victory after an 0-5 start.