Washington State rallies to edge OSU in OT
CORVALLIS — Washington State found just enough offense to help its defense win another game.
Trailing by nine, the Cougars outscored Oregon State 16-7 over the last 13:30 in regulation and then led the whole way in overtime for a 61-57 win Thursday.
Aron Baynes had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington State (10-6, 2-2 Pacific-10 Conference). Taylor Rochestie added 14 points and Klay Thompson 12 for the Cougars, who have had to fight back from halftime deficits for their last two victories.
Calvin Haynes scored a game-high 19 points for Oregon State (6-9, 1-4), which has seen its last two home games go to overtime. The Beavers defeated USC 62-58 in overtime on Jan. 4 to break a 23-game Pac-10 losing streak.
Caleb Forrest's two free throws to open the extra period gave the Cougars a 52-50 lead. The Cougars extended the lead to five, but Oregon State closed the gap to a basket. Haynes missed a shot that would have tied the score with six seconds left.
Rochestie then made two free throws to seal the game.
Washington State came into the game allowing its opponents 51.4 points per game, best in the conference by almost seven points.
"Defensively, I thought we were poor early, and that really bothered me," Washington State coach Tony Bennett said. "Then we tightened up in the second half and didn't allow them to get into the lane."
Oregon State turned a 33-30 lead into a 41-32 advantage, capped by Haynes' 3-pointer with 14:11 remaining.
But from there it was Baynes and the Cougars who controlled the game.
"He made some key plays, made some big free throws and got some huge rebounds for us," Rochestie said. "So a lot of the win and a lot of the second half and overtime goes to him."
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson also came away impressed. "That kid is good and he's big," Robinson said. "That's a veteran game he played."
Both teams struggled offensively in the second half and overtime, with Washington State shooting 8-of-23 from the field and Oregon State 7-of-26.
"We were playing not to lose the game, and you can't do that," Robinson said.
The first half saw nine lead changes and four ties.
Oregon State took its first lead at 8-7 on Roeland Schaftenaar's 3-pointer. Washington State regained the advantage at 22-19 on consecutive 3-pointers by Thompson and Rochestie, but Oregon State ended the half on a 7-2 run to take a 33-30 lead at the break.
After going ahead 43-34, the Beavers were held scoreless for almost six minutes. But Washington State scored just five points during that stretch.
Washington State, playing its first conference road game, eventually tied the game at 47, with Rochestie's 3-pointer capping a 5-0 run with 3:47 left.
Oregon State's Lathen Wallace and Washington State's Daven Harmeling traded 3-pointers before the teams headed to overtime.
Washington State has won five straight in the series, though Oregon State owns a 97-39 all-time advantage.