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Jones leads Beavers to victory

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Marcel Jones scored 18 points to lead four players in double-figures Tuesday as Oregon State beat Cal State Bakersfied 77-53.

Seth Tarver had 12 points while Roeland Schaftenaar and Lathen Wallace added 11 apiece for the Beavers (6-4), who shot 48 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. Oregon State also dominated the boards, earning a 49-37 edge.

Trent Blakey was the lone Roadrunner to reach double figures, putting up 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior forward C.J. Giles made his first appearance in an Oregon State uniform after playing the first two seasons of his career at Kansas. In six minutes of action, Giles had two points, two rebounds and a block before fouling out of the game.

The matchup was close for the first 10 minutes before back-to-back triples by Jones and Schaftenaar gave the Beavers a 22-10 lead with 9:07 to go in the half.

With Bakersfield shooting 28 percent from the field, Oregon State closed out the half up 43-21. The Roadrunners would get no closer than 53-38 midway through the second half.

So. Illinois 71, No. 24 St. Mary's 56

At Carbondale, Ill., Bryan Mullins scored 24 points and Southern Illinois spoiled Saint Mary's first game as a ranked team in 18 years.

The point total was a season low for Saint Mary's (7-1), which was last ranked in March 1989.

Southern Illinois (4-3) ended a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Salukis from the Top 25.

Saint Mary's, which trailed 36-24 at halftime, rallied within six points with 4 minutes remaining, but Mullins scored nine points down the stretch and the Salukis held on.

Freshman guard Patrick Mills, Saint Mary's leading scorer with a 16.1 average, was held to 11 points.

Freshman Brandon Wood was 3-for-4 from 3-point range to lead the Salukis' 6-for-13 effort from behind the arc.

Josh Bone and Matt Shaw both had 10 points for Southern Illinois.