SEATTLE, Wash. - Ahmad Starks made two three-pointers to become the all-time leader at Oregon State with 181 in his career, but Washington got hot in the second half to pull out a 72-62 win Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Beavers (13-13, 3-10 Pac-12) trailed 53-52 with 13:17 to play before Washington (14-12, 6-7) went on a 10-2 run to build a 63-54 advantage. The Huskies never trailed by less than six after that and made free throws down the stretch to snap a three-game losing streak.
Starks made a three-pointer in the first half to tie Chris Stephens for the Oregon State career mark then set the record with a triple in the final minute.
Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 19 points despite a tough shooting night from the field, as he knocked down 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Joe Burton added 10 points, Eric Moreland had seven points and six rebounds, and Devon Collier finished with eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
Oregon State committed six early turnovers that allowed the Huskies to take an early 13-8 lead. The Beavers fought back to lead 26-22 at the 7:48 mark of the first half before eventually taking a 34-32 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
“This was a game we could have had,” Oregon State head coach Robinson said. “We made way too many mistakes. It felt like we were out of sync right at the beginning. I mean loose balls, turnovers. To be quite honest with you, at halftime I was surprised that we were right there. We had a lot of turnovers, a lot of missed plays, and it just felt like we were out of sync. I haven’t had that feeling at all this season.”
The Beavers went cold in the second half as they shot 24.1 percent (7-for-29) from the field and the Huskies got hot to shoot 51.9 percent after the break, which ended up being the difference in the game.
“I think you have to give them a lot of credit,” Robinson said. “They stepped up their defense and then we didn’t convert on a couple of things, and we were trying too hard to make stuff happen without going through our normal strategy.”
Washington committed 19 turnovers, and the Beavers took advantage of those to outscore the Huskies 26-13 on points off turnovers, but Oregon State was out-rebounded 41-28.
C.J. Wilcox broke out of a shooting slump to finish with 24 points, while Andrew Andrews added 11 and Shawn Kemp, Jr. finished with 10.
The Beavers return to Gill Coliseum for their final two regular-season home games of the season, beginning with a visit by the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.