Oregon St. tops Huskies 74-66 for first Pac-12 win

  • Associated Press
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:20pm
  • SportsSports

CORVALLIS — Oregon State hadn’t been able to find an answer to a Pac-12 opponent, dropping its first five conference games.

But the Beavers were able to muster one Wednesday night against Washington after it looked like it might get away from them again. Oregon State watched a 20-point first-half lead shrink to one with under 11 minutes to play but held on for a 74-66 win.

“This is what we’re capable of,” said Beavers guard Roberto Nelson, who had 15 points, 10 in the second half. “The whole team, the coaching staff, nobody thought we’d be 0-5 starting off.”

Devon Collier led Oregon State (11-8, 1-5 Pac-12), which started the season 9-2, with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Eric Moreland added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Beavers, who had their highest-scoring game in conference play.

C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and seven rebounds and Aziz N’Diaye added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (12-7, 4-2), which lost its second straight game.

“We didn’t execute tonight,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Early on, we weren’t committed to what we were supposed to be doing.”

Washington chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit early in the second half.

The Huskies closed within 41-35 as Wilcox closed out a 6-0 run with a shot from outside. A Wilcox 3-pointer later made it 49-45 Oregon State. Wilcox hit another from 3-point range with 12:16 left that got Washington within 53-52.

The Beavers extended the lead to 61-55 on Nelson’s 3-pointer with 8:17 left.

Oregon State later scored five straight points, with Ahmad Starks’ 3-pointer and Collier’s two free throws making it 66-57 with 5:11 remaining.

Washington got no closer than six from there, and the Beavers led by as many as 10 in the closing minutes.

“We seemed to keep our heads a little bit. We didn’t get down on the run they were making,” Starks said. “We’ve kind of depended on one-on-one play, and we stopped that and just played our game.”

Oregon State shot 26 of 59 overall from the field, while Washington was 25 of 53. The Beavers had a 36-35 rebounding edge and seven steals, led by Joe Burton’s three.

Oregon State had five players in double-figure scoring, with Burton getting 13 points and Starks 10. Washington had four, with Abdul Gaddy scoring 14 and Scott Suggs 11.

Oregon State jumped to an 11-1 run behind five points from Starks.

The Beavers, on their way to their most first-half points in a Pac-12 game this season, kept the pressure on, going ahead 20-9 on Olaf Schaftenaar’s 3-pointer.

Oregon State took its biggest lead of the half at 34-14 on Collier’s dunk off a steal with 5:28 before intermission.

More in Sports

Friday’s prep football results

Arlington loses Wesco 3A North showdown to Ferndale; Monroe remains unbeaten.

2A No. 1 Archbishop Murphy falls to 3A No. 9 Bellevue 35-21 (VIDEO)

The Wildcats’ 17-game win streak comes to an end in a battle of football powerhouses.

Running backs lead Mariner over Kamiak

Marauders Josiah Pesterkoff and Isaiah Harrison combine for 177 yards on the ground.

Snohomish’s defense dominates in win over Meadowdale

The Panthers limited the Mavericks to 54 rushing yards in their 38-6 victory.

Glacier Peak outlasts Jackson 48-41 in 2OT epic

GP’s Ayden Ziomas accounted for 7 TDs, including the 2-point conversion that forced overtime.

Week 4: Prep football stars of the night

Austin Lane, QB, Lakewood Lane, a senior, completed 21 of 26 passes… Continue reading

Richardson having an impact on Seattle’s defensive line

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Jimmy Graham will play this Sunday despite ankle injury.

UW, Colorado set for rematch of Pac-12 title game

The Huskies won convincingly at a neutral site last season, but this time have to travel to Boulder.

WHL Preseason Capsules: The East Division

Here is our final installment of the WHL preseason capsules. Today examines… Continue reading

Most Read