Beavers rebound from loss with rout of IC, 95-53
CORVALLIS — Roberto Nelson had 21 points to lead Oregon State to 95-53 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night.
Jared Cunningham added 16 points and five steals and Eric Moreland had eight points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for the Beavers (7-2).
Daniel Barnes and Greg Travis had eight points each for Illinois-Chicago (3-6).
Oregon State took a 22-6 lead after nine straight points by Nelson and led 45-21 at halftime.
Illinois-Chicago got no closer than 19 after intermission. Nelson made three consecutive 3-pointers for Oregon State midway through the second half.
Gary Talton, Illinois-Chicago's leading scorer at 16 points a game, was held scoreless until the opening minute of the second half. He finished with four points.
Nelson, a sophomore guard, had a season high in scoring for the second straight game after getting 16 points on Friday in a home loss against Idaho. Coming off the bench on Tuesday, he shot 6 of 10 from the floor, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers.
"It feels good. Finally, the shots are starting to fall," said Nelson, who has scored in double figures in four straight games for the first time in his college career. "The guys did a good job of getting me open shots. I got open a lot, and the guys just put me in position where I was so open."
Oregon State's loss to Idaho came two days after the death of Beavers football player Fred Thompson, who collapsed while playing a pick-up basketball game on campus. Thompson was a close friend of Cunningham, who shot 0 of 9 against Idaho and finished with seven points.
"It was tough. A lot of dark things set me back," Cunningham said. "Just to come out today and get a lead like that and (have) everybody playing well, it was great."
Cunningham shot 7 of 10 from the floor.
"I was more excited for Jared emotionally," said Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, who got his 50th win at the school. "I'm sure the grieving process for him is ongoing. But it was nice to see him push through it."
No. 14 Wisconsin 60,Wisconsin-Milwaukee 54
At Milwaukee, Jared Berggren scored 17 points to help Wisconsin fend off a second-half surge from its in-state rival.
Jordan Taylor had 14 points for Wisconsin (9-2), including a critical 3-pointer with just over 40 seconds left. Ryan Evans scored a career-high 16 points for the Badgers, who have won three straight to recover from consecutive losses earlier in the season.
No. 17 Mississippi St. 75,Florida Atlantic 68
At Starkville, Miss., Dee Bost scored 22 points and Rodney Hood added 19 as Mississippi State survived a late scare.
The Bulldogs had a 39-29 lead at halftime, but the Owls clawed their way back into the game, taking a 55-54 lead on Pablo Bertone's 3-pointer with 9:22 remaining. Mississippi State fought off the rally, with Bost and Hood scoring a combined 24 second-half points on the way to the team's ninth straight victory.
No. 20 Michigan 63,Ark.-Pine Bluff 50
At Ann Arbor, Mich., freshman Trey Burke scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, and Michigan took control with an early 19-point run.
Evan Smotrycz added 16 points for the Wolverines (8-2).
Oregon State 85, Cal State Bakersfield 62
At Bakersfield, Calif., five Oregon State players scored in double figures, led by juniors Patricia Bright and Thais Pinto with 16 each, as the Beavers improved to 8-.1
Sophomore Alyssa Martin added 15 points, while freshman Ali Gibson scored 11.
The Beavers shot 63.3 percent on 19-for-30 shooting in the first half, led by Martin's nine points.