TEMPE, Ariz. – Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 26 points and Oregon State battled back from an eight-point deficit to force overtime, but Arizona State exploded in the extra period to win 86-82 on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Nelson came up clutch late in the second half, getting a layup to drop with 20 seconds remaining that tied the game at 64. Arizona State was able to hold for the final shot, but Jahii Carson missed at the buzzer..
In the extra period, Oregon State (13-9, 5-5 Pac-12) would jump out to a 67-64 lead, but Arizona State (17-6, 6-4) would go on a 5-0 run that gave the Sun Devils a 69-67 lead. The Beavers would knot it up again after a pair of Nelson free throws at 3:04.
From there, the Sun Devils would go on a 9-3 run that would prop them to a 78-73 lead with just 1:22 remaining in overtime. Oregon State would chip away at the advantage, but Arizona State would be able to close out the game from the line despite a pair of acrobatic late threes by Nelson.
“First and foremost I have to tell Beaver Nation how proud I am of our guys; they really battled” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “This was a very physical game and I don’t think that was indicated in the foul shots or the fouls. That happens when you are on the road, so I’m not crying over spilled milk. I was just happy our guys fought so hard and were able to bring it back and force overtime.”
Nelson scored 24 second half points after being held to a mere two in the opening frame due to foul trouble. The big night moved him past Charlie Sitton into fifth on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list with 1,566 points.
Freshman Hallice Cooke shot the ball well from beyond the arc once again, hitting 3-of-4 attempts and finishing with 11 points. The New Jersey native also grabbed seven rebounds for Oregon State.
Jermaine Marshall led the Sun Devils with 25 points behind and 8-of-17 shooting performance. Carson also played a big role, tallying 23 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Oregon State took an early 7-5 lead after Moreland got a reverse lay-in to fall at the 15:30 mark in the opening frame.
Cooke extended the Oregon State lead to 10-7 at 14:12 after drilling his first three-ball of the night. The Beavers would push out to a 14-9 advantage, but Arizona State would trim the edge to 14-12 after a three from Marshall at 11:45.
With 6:37 left in the first period, Brandt hit a midrange jumper from the wing that gave Oregon State a 20-15 lead. A few possessions later, Cooke nailed his second three-pointer of the game that put the Beavers up 25-19 with 4:14 remaining.
Arizona State closed the half on a 5-1 run that narrowed the Oregon State lead to three, 29-26, going into the break.
The Beavers held the Sun Devils to a mere 31 percent clip (9-for-29) from the field in the first half and allowed only 14.3 percent (1-of-7) of shots to fall from behind the arc. Oregon State boasted a balanced scoring effort, as eight players found the scoring column in the first 20 minutes of play.
After Arizona State tied the game at 29, Cooke answered by cashing in his third three-ball of the contest, giving the Beavers a 34-29 advantage early in the second frame. The Sun Devils would answer by going on an 8-0 run that put them ahead 37-32.
Collier hit two free throws at 12:44 that brought Oregon State to within three, 43-40. Just a few minutes later, Cooke banked in a jumper from the key that narrowed the Arizona State lead to one, 47-46 with 9:43 remaining.
The Beavers trimmed the Devils lead to 55-53 after Collier hit two more big shots from the line with 6:23 to play. After a defensive stop, Oregon State came back down and found Collier once again, who got a hoop and harm to fall, tying the ball game at 55.
With under a minute to play, the Beavers trailed 63-62 and had a chance to take the lead but Jordan Bachynski blocked Collier under the hoop. Oregon State would force overtime, but could not overcome Arizona State’s late run and timely shooting.
The Beavers continue their trip down south, facing off against No. 2 Arizona on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT (5 p.m. MT) in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.