CORVALLIS — Angus Brandt scored a career-high 27 points to lead Oregon State to a 76-67 win over Towson on Wednesday.
Devon Collier added 13 points for the Beavers (6-2), who played without leading scorer Roberto Nelson for most of the night.
"It was really a team effort and a toughness win. It's the kind of win we might not have had last season," said Beavers Coach Craig Robinson.
"(Brandt) had one of his best games ever. I was watching the old Angus," Robinson said, referring to Brandt missing most of last season after a season-ending ACL tear in the fourth game.
Mike Burwell led Towson (7-5) with 20 points, while Marcus Damas added 14.
The Tigers Jerrelle Benimon, who is on the Naismith Award watch list, had only one point in the first half, but finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Nelson was ejected at the 11:50 mark in the first half after he and Damas got tangled up and fell to the floor. After a lengthy delay, officials determined Nelson threw a punch.
"I don't think it was intentional," Damas said.
"There was no punch thrown on my part," Nelson said, adding that the grappling started during an overly physical box out by Damas.
Nelson, who had a string of 24 straight games in double figures snapped, was averaging 24.7 points per game. He scored four points Wednesday.
Robinson said he wasn't sure if Nelson would miss any additional time, since he had never had a player with a flagrant-2 foul at Oregon State.
The Tigers trailed 20-16 at Nelson's ejection, but tied the game at 20 before Oregon State went on a 10-0 run thanks in part to Towson missed shots, turnovers and a technical foul on Benimon for arguing.
The Beavers led by as many as 16 in the half and were up 41-29 at the break.
Benimon hit his first field goal of the game with 17:40 remaining.
The Tigers trailed by 20 in the second half, but Four McGlynn hit back-to-back 3-pointers to keep Towson close. McGlynn finished with 12 points.
Benimon's drive and slam at the 5:10 mark made the score 61-52, but Challe Barton responded with a trey for the Beavers.
Towson began fouling Oregon State on every possession with about a minute left, but the Beavers made 10 of 12 free throws.
Stanford 53,No. 10 Connecticut 51
At Hartford, Conn., Chasson Randle scored 22 points and Stanford handed UConn its first loss of the season.
Josh Huestis added 13 points and Dwight Powell had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford (8-2), which overcame a 10-point halftime deficit in earning their first signature win of the season.
DeAndre Daniels had 15 points for UConn (9-1), which was 6 of 10 from behind the arc in the first half and 0 for 12 in the second.
Randle's jump shot with 31/2; minutes left gave the Cardinal a 52-49 lead. The Huskies pulled within a point when Daniels tipped in a missed 3-point attempt by Niels Giffey.
But Shabazz Napier missed three shots in the final 40 seconds with a chance to put the Huskies ahead.
Washington State 80,San Francisco State 50
At Kennewick, Wash., Washington State rolled over San Francisco State behind a game-high 22 points from DaVonte Lacy at the Toyota Center.
The Cougars (6-4) used a 13-3 run late in the first half to blow open a close game, and Lacy hit three 3-pointers to give them a 43-31 lead at halftime and overcome a sluggish start and win their third consecutive game.
Washington State trailed most of the first half to the Division II Gators before Lacey's athleticism provided a big spark.
The junior from Tacoma, Wash., had two big dunks and four 3-pointers, scoring 18 points in the first 20 minutes.
Royce Woolridge added 10 points while D.J. Shelton had nine. Udun Osakue's 11 points led the Gators (4-3).