Defense optional as Radford upsets OSU

The Associated Press /

CORVALLIS — Ya Ya Anderson scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Radford past Oregon State 96-92 in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.

It was the Highlanders’ first NCAA Division I postseason win.

Javonte Green and R.J. Price added 20 points each for Radford, (22-12), which built a large early lead thanks to red-hot shooting and held off Oregon State rallies in the second half.

Radford will advance to play Old Dominion on Monday in the quarterfinals of the CBI.

Eric Moreland had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Beavers (16-16). Roberto Nelson scored 26 in his last game for Oregon State, and Hallice Cooke had 23.

The Highlanders averaged six 3-point baskets during the regular season. On Wednesday, they had 13.

Oregon State looked sluggish at the start in front of a sparse home crowd, falling behind 11-2 on a 3-pointer by Anderson at the 16:59 mark.

Anderson’s fourth 3-pointer put the visitors up 38-24 with 9:35 left in the half. The Highlanders were shooting better than 84 percent at that point.

A Green 3-pointer at the 3:52 mark pushed the margin to 50-35, the Highlanders’ largest lead of the game.

Radford went into the break up 57-45. The team had cooled off to shoot 69 percent from the field. Oregon State shot 59 percent in the half.

In the second half, the game fell into a pattern of the Beavers clawing back and Radford responding to build leads.

Nelson made a lay-in and was fouled with 25.4 seconds left to make the score 93-90. The Highlanders beat Oregon State’s press and Rashun Davis was fouled, making one of two free throws.

Nelson made another lay-in with 8.6 seconds left to trim the score to 94-92. Davis was fouled again and again made one of two from the line.

On the Beavers next possession, Nelson missed a heave from near the half-court logo, but there was about three seconds remaining when he shot.

The Beavers played without 6-foot-8 forward Devon Collier, who had a sprained ankle, but Oregon State still had three starters 6-foot-7 or taller.

In NCAA Tournament games Wednesday:

Tennessee 78, Iowa 65: DAYTON, Ohio — Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers to a First Four win. The Volunteers’ late comeback sent them Raleigh, N.C., where they’ll play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee didn’t lead until Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer put the Vols up 59-57 with 3:05 left regulation. There were five lead changes before the Vols’ Jordan McRae missed a jumper missed at the buzzer, leaving it tied at 64.

Cal Poly 81, Texas Southern 69: DAYTON, Ohio — Chris Eversley scored 19 points and Cal Poly won its first NCAA tournament game. The team with the worst record in the tournament now moves on to face the one with the best — top-seeded Wichita State (34-0) — in the second round in St. Louis on Friday. Cal Poly (14-19) is the first team with 19 losses to win an NCAA game since Bradley did it in 1955.