Brandt comes up big for Beavers

• Oregon State’s leading scorer Roberto Nelson has rough night, but center shines

The Associated Press /

Published Feb 21, 2014 at 12:01AM

CORVALLIS — Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said Angus Brandt has been his most consistent player over the last few weeks, even though he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered last year.

“Each week or set of games, he’s getting stronger, better and more confident,” Robinson said.

On a night when the Beavers guards shot poorly and other players got into foul trouble, Robinson’s team relied on the Australian center.

Brandt scored 16 points to lead Oregon State to a 68-57 win over Washington State on Thursday night

Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (14-11, 6-7 Pac-12), who improved to 11-2 in Gill Coliseu. Oregon State has three of its five remaining games at home.

“This year’s been particularly hard to win on the road for all teams, not just us, so it’s good being at home,” Brandt said.

DaVonte Lacy scored 18 points for Washington State (9-17, 2-12) and D.J. Shelton had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Lacy had nine of the Cougars first 12 points, but then went scoreless for nearly 20 minutes.

“I was trying to find my teammates,” Lacy said, adding that he didn’t want to force his shot.

Cougars coach Ken Bone said Lacy was kneed in the thigh in the first half, and that affected him.

The Beavers six Pac-12 wins are more than or equal to its total conference wins in 15 of the last 20 seasons.

Oregon State came into the game led by Roberto Nelson with 21.3 points per game. He had 12 points on 1-of-9 shooting on Thursday, but added seven assists for the Beavers.

Eric Moreland, who had one block against Washington State, needs three more to become Oregon State’s career leader in that category. Scott Haskin holds the record with 172 blocks.

The Beavers regular colors are orange and black, but the squad wore their Nike N7 turquoise-hued uniforms against the Cougars.

N7 is a program designed to bring sport and its healthy benefits to American Indian and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. Since 2009, the N7 fund has raised more than $2 million for youth sport programs.

Washington State has lost its last five games, and nine of its last 10. The team has not won a Pac-12 game away from Pullman, and is ranked last in the conference in points scored per game and free throw percentage.

In other games Thursday:

North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 66: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2½ minutes, to give North Carolina its eighth straight win.

No. 13 Michiagn St. 94, Purdue 79: WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gary Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and Michigan State hit a school-record 17 3-pointers.

No. 21 Connecticut 68, Temple 55: PHILADELPHIA — Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Connecticut.

No. 22 Memphis 64, Rutgers 59: PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Memphis, which led from start to finish.

BYU 73, No. 25 Gonzaga 65: PROVO, Utah — Anson Winder scored 17 points and Matt Carlino added 15 to lead BYU.

Stanford 80, USC 59: STANFORD, Calif. — Chasson Randle scored 18 points to lead Stanford to its fourth win in five games and a season sweep against Southern California.