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ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Oregon State found some traction just in time Friday.

Offense was a monumental struggle for 34 minutes in the Paradise Jam tournament opener against Old Dominion.

But Gligorije Rakocevic sparked the comeback, scoring seven points in a 17-3 run over the last six minutes to help the Beavers to a 61-56 win at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.

OSU (3-0) advances to face Missouri in a tournament semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time Sunday. Missouri defeated Kennesaw State 55-52 behind Kevin Puryear’s 17 points.

“It wasn’t pretty, but I was really proud of the defensive effort,” said Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle, whose team shot 21 of 51 (41.2 percent) to Old Dominion’s 21 of 58 (36.2).

OSU was 5 of 19 (26.3) on 3-pointers and 14 of 22 (63.6) on free throws.

Stevie Thompson had a team-high 17 points, four steals and three rebounds; Rakocevic grabbed nine rebounds to tie his career high, and his point total of 15 was one off his career high; and Tres Tinkle had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for a second straight double-double.