Corvallis, OR – Oregon State (13-11, 5-7 Pac-12) faced the Washington State Cougars (9-16, 2-11 Pac-12) tonight in a must-win situation. The Beavers need to sweep the Washington schools at home this week to have any chance of an NCAA or even an NIT bid.
Oregon State held a five to ten point lead through much of the first half with the Cougars closing the lead to 30-26 at halftime. The half was played at Washington State’s pace and featured mediocre shooting (OSU- 38.5 percent, WSU- 42.9 percent) and ball-handling (combined 16 turnovers). The Beavers’ Angus Brandt led all scorers at the half with 12 points.
The second half was more of the same with the Beavers maintaining a solid lead. The Cougars’ DaVonte Lacy hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 50-45 with seven minutes to go. That was as close as Washington State would get as the Beavers pulled away for a 68-57 win. Brandt led Oregon State in scoring with 16 points while the Cougars’ Lacy led all scorers with 18 points. Oregon State’s starting backcourt of Roberto Nelson and Hallice Cooke combined to shoot 2-of-17 from the field.
Oregon State needs to pick up their game in their big match-up with Washington on Saturday. The Beavers can’t afford another home loss with a trip to Los Angeles coming up next week to face USC and UCLA.
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