Beavers pull away to top Cougars
CORVALLIS — Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson said Angus Brandt has been his most consistent player over the last few weeks, even though he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered last year.
"Each week or set of games, he's getting stronger, better and more confident," Robinson said.
On a night when the Beavers guards shot poorly and other players got into foul trouble, Robinson's team relied on the Australian center.
Brandt scored 16 points to lead Oregon State to a 68-57 win over Washington State on Thursday.
Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (14-11, 6-7 Pac-12), who improved to 11-2 in Gill Coliseu. Oregon State has three of its five remaining games at home.
"This year's been particularly hard to win on the road for all teams, not just us, so it's good being at home," Brandt said.
DaVonte Lacy scored 18 points for Washington State (9-17, 2-12) and D.J. Shelton had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lacy had nine of the Cougars first 12 points, but then went scoreless for nearly 20 minutes.
"I was trying to find my teammates," Lacy said, adding that he didn't want to force his shot.
Cougars Coach Ken Bone said Lacy was kneed in the thigh in the first half, and that affected him.
After the Beavers made the first basket of the game, Washington State went on an 8-0 run.
The Cougars promptly went cold, however, and Oregon State outscored Washington State 25-6 over the next 12 minutes. The Beavers took a 27-16 lead with 4:34 remaining.
Washington State didn't score for more than 4 minutes during that stretch. But Oregon State followed up with its own scoreless 4-minute span, and went to the break up 30-26.
After the opening minutes of the second half, the Cougars couldn't get closer than five points.
Oregon State beat Washington State 66-55 in the teams' first meeting this season on Jan. 22 in Pullman.
The Beavers six Pac-12 wins are more than or equal to its total conference wins in 15 of the last 20 seasons.
Oregon State came into the game led by Roberto Nelson with 21.3 points per game. He had 12 points on 1-9 shooting on Thursday, but added seven assists for the Beavers.
Eric Moreland, who had one block against Washington State, needs three more to become Oregon State's career leader in that category. Scott Haskin holds the record with 172 blocks.
The Beavers regular colors are orange and black, but the squad wore their Nike N7 turquoise-hued uniforms against the Cougars.
N7 is a program designed to bring sport and its healthy benefits to American Indian and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. Since 2009, the N7 fund has raised more than $2 million for youth sport programs.
Washington State has lost its last five games, and nine of its last 10. The team has not won a Pac-12 game away from Pullman, and is ranked last in the conference in points scored per game and free throw percentage.
Stanford 80, USC 59
At Stanford, Calif., Chasson Randle scored 18 points to lead Stanford to its fourth win in five games and a season sweep against Southern California.
Dwight Powell added 14 points and Josh Huestis had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Cardinal (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12), who head into Saturday night's showdown against No. 23 UCLA on a roll.
Pe'Shon Howard scored 13 and Julian Jacobs added 11 for the Trojans (10-16, 1-12), who have lost seven straight games under first-year coach Andy Enfield.
To make matters worse for USC, the Trojans were without leading scorer Byron Wesley, who will miss both games in the Bay Area this weekend for a violation of team rules. Wesley is averaging 17.6 points per game and had scored 110 points in USC's previous five games.
With Wesley back home, Stanford overcame a slow start to race past the Trojans in the second half after needing overtime to win at USC last month.
The Cardinal found their shooting stroke to start the second half, making 9 of their first 11 shots to open up an 11-point lead midway through the half and never looked back.
Powell's jumper extended the lead to 59-42 just past the midpoint of the half and Anthony Brown's fast break dunk for a three-point play made it a 22-point game as the Cardinal coasted to the end.
Huestis also blocked three shots to give him 169 for his career, breaking the school record of 167 blocks set by Tim Young.