Allen, Stanford hold off Beavers, 78-72
CORVALLIS — Rosco Allen had 21 points and eight rebounds as Stanford beat Oregon State 78-72 on Wednesday night.
Marcus Allen added 15 points and three steals, and Dorian Pickens had 14 points for the Cardinal (9-5, 2-1 Pac-12).
Gary Payton II had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 13 points and Drew Eubanks added 13 points for the Beavers (10-3, 1-1), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Thompson hit a long-range 3-pointer with 53.7 seconds left to make it 72-66, but Oregon State's press couldn't force turnovers and Stanford made 8 of 12 free throws in the final 1:03.
Stanford outrebounded Oregon State 46-29 — with a whopping 20 offensive boards — and got plenty of high percentage looks, scoring 32 points in the paint.
The Cardinal went on a 19-5 surge, capped by a Pickens layup, to go up 22-11. The scrambling and physical Stanford defense held the Beavers scoreless for more than five minutes during the run.
Stanford led by as many as 15 in the first half and went to the break ahead 37-24.
The Beavers cut the lead to nine points twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but every time Oregon State seemed to gain momentum, Stanford stretched its lead.
The Cardinal led by 14 when Oregon State went on a 7-0 run, with Thompson making a 3-pointer and lay-in, to make it 58-51 with 6:48 left.
Allen hit a 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining to give Stanford an 11-point advantage.
Stanford: The matchup was Stanford's second true road game of the season. The first was a 78-61 loss to Saint Mary's on Nov. 22. . The victory gave coach Johnny Dawkins his 150th career victory.
Oregon State: The Beavers received four votes in this week's Associated Press poll and three votes in the USA Today poll. It's the first time the Beavers have received votes since 2011. . Gary Payton II entered the game as one of only four players in the country leading his team in scoring (16.4), rebounding (8.0), assists (5.1) and steals (2.5).
Stanford plays at Oregon on Sunday.
Oregon State hosts California on Saturday.