Corvallis, OR – Oregon State (14-11, 6-7 Pac-12) tried to get to .500 in the conference as they faced the Washington Huskies this afternoon. The Beavers lost to the Huskies 87-81 earlier this year in Seattle behind a career-high 32 points from Husky freshman Nigel Williams-Goss. Washington comes in after losing five of their past six games and are playing their last conference road game of the season. Oregon State is trying to finish the conference season at .500 or better for the first time in 21 years.
Oregon State had one of their worst performances of the season, especially on the defensive end and on the boards as Washington coasted to an easy 86-62 win. The Huskies shot 57.4 percent from the floor and killed the Beavers on the glass by a 43-23 margin. C.J. Wilcox led all scorers with 23 points. Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 17 points.
The first half went Washington’s way as they shot over 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Beavers 23-14 in taking a 44-33 halftime lead. Williams-Goss continued his excellent play against Oregon State with 12 points (6-of-8 FG) and five assists. He ended the game with 14 points and ten assists. Nelson led all scorers at the half with 13 points as he tried to get out of a recent scoring slump in which he was only shooting 30 percent from the field and 20 percent on three-pointers over the past three games.
Oregon State certainly did not bring their “A” game into this contest. Their defense, both inside and out, was lacking effort in fighting over screens and in contesting on the boards. Washington came out in the second half, and scored pretty much at will, making six of their first eight shots in taking a 59-40 lead at the under 16-minute media timeout. The Beavers came back with seven straight points to close the gap to 12, helped by four points from Daniel Gomis. Wilcox then made two key three-pointers and helped the Huskies expand their lead to 21 (76-55) at the 6:56 mark.
This was Oregon State’s last reasonable shot to make a mark in the conference this year. With road games at USC and UCLA and Arizona and Arizona State at home it will be unlikely to see the Beavers with a winning conference record. Washington closes with home games against Washington State, UCLA and USC. Winning two of three would give them a 9-9 conference record going into the Pac-12 tournament.
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