Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
SEATTLE, Wash. – Roberto Nelson scored 31 points but Oregon State couldn’t overcome a dominant second-half effort by Washington in an 87-81 loss at Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Nelson was a workhorse for the Beavers, converting on 11-of-21 shots from the field, including two three-pointers for his 31 points. He now 1,504 career points and became just the sixth Oregon State player in history to reach the 1,500-point mark.
Devon Collier came on strong late in the game, tallying 15 of his 23 points in the second half of play. His inside presence was also felt on the glass, as he grabbed six boards for Oregon State (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12).
“My team did exactly what we wanted to do when we were executing well,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “If you would have told me that we would only have five turnovers against this team, I would’ve told you we’d have won the game. They followed the game plan, but we just came up short.”
The Beavers held a 12-point lead early in the final frame, but would see it disappear as Washington (13-8, 5-3) got red hot midway through the period and took control of the game, leaving Oregon State with an uphill battle that could not be surmounted.
The Huskies were able to outscore the Beavers 52-34 in the paint, many of which were open looks inside. They also took advtantage of a 34-27 rebound differential.
Oregon native Nigel Williams-Goss had a career night for the Dawgs, tallying 32 points behind a 10-of-15 shooting performance. C.J. Wilcox also did his part, recording 14 points and five rebounds.
The first five minutes of the contest featured a back-and-forth offensive effort from both squads. Washington took an early 9-6 lead, but Nelson drained his first three of the afternoon at the 15:10 mark of the first half, tying the ball game up at nine.
Eric Moreland showed his versatility on both sides of the ball, coming up with a big block on the defensive end and dishing out a behind the back pass to a wide open Angus Brandt under the hoop that gave Oregon State its first lead of the day, 13-11, with 13:51 on the clock.
The Huskies would answer, going on an 8-0 run that propelled them to a 19-13 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the opening frame.
The Beavers continued to fight, taking a 20-19 lead at 7:58 after Hallice Cooke nailed one from downtown.
With just five minutes left in the first stanza, the Beavers and Huskies were knotted at 24. Nelson took control and got a midrange jumper to fall at 4:54, putting Oregon State on top, 26-24.
Cooke converted an acrobatic and-1 to give the Beavers a 32-27 advantage with 3:01 remaining in the period.
Nelson extended the edge to 36-29 after firing down floor and getting a layup to fall at 1:20. The senior did it again on the next offensive possession, cashing in on a jumper that pushed Oregon State to a 38-29 lead.
Going into the locker room, the Beavers led Washington 38-33 behind an impressive 15-point half from Nelson. Cooke also played well in the first 20 minutes, adding eight points for Oregon State.
The first frame featured eight ties and five lead changes. The Beavers were able to convert on 52 percent (13-of-25) of their shots, while limiting the Huskies to a 46 percent (13-of-28) clip from the field.
Oregon State came out firing in the second half, quickly going on a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to 45-33 and forced a Washington timeout.
The Huskies responded by going on a 6-0 run of their own at the 17:19 mark that narrowed the Beavers’ edge to 45-39.
Collier spun off his man and slammed one home with 14:47 on the clock in the second stanza to give Oregon State a 51-43 advantage.
Once again, the Huskies would answer, this time tying the game at 53 after an 8-0 run with 12:23 remaining in the highly physical game.
Washington would take its first lead of the second half, 57-55, at the 10:42 mark after Wilcox got a floater to drop. The Huskies advanced to a 66-58 lead behind a 23-5 run with just over seven minutes left to play.
With five minutes remaining, Oregon State trailed 73-65. Malcolm Duvivier converted on a three-ball at 3:22 off an assist from Nelson. After a defensive stop, Nelson found an open path to the hoop for a lay-in that cut the Washington advantage to six, 76-70.
Collier narrowed the Huskies to a three-point lead, 78-75, after cashing in on a tough hoop and harm.
Despite chipping away at the Washington advantage late, Oregon State would fall short, as the Huskies were able to close out the contest from the line.
The Beavers return to Gill Coliseum on Thursday, Jan. 30 to take on USC at 6 p.m. PT in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.