Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 28 points and Eric Moreland had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but Oregon State couldn’t overcome a 48-point second half by Stanford and fell in Gill Coliseum, 82-72, in front of 4,649 fans.
Nelson was quiet from three-point range, but managed to do his damage in the paint with impressive drives and pull-up jumpers. In the process he upped his career total to 988 points in his quest to become the 38th Beaver to score 1,000 points for a career. Nelson’s acrobatic jumper prior to the buzzer in the first half gave the Beavers a 35-34 advantage at the break.
Senior Joe Burton, playing his next-to-last regular season home game of his career, scored 10 of the Beavers’ first 15 points in the seesaw first half. Burton ended with 16 points and eight rebounds as he inched closer to the 1,000-point plateau himself with 971.
Burton, who moved into fifth all-time at Oregon State with 697 rebounds, will be the lone Oregon State player honored in Senior Day festivities on Saturday in the Beavers’ final regular-season home game.
Oregon State (13-14, 3-11 Pac-12) had to erase a seven-point Stanford advantage in the first half at 25-18, and did so with solid defense and controlling the rebound statistic 24-13. But the Cardinal held a 27-13 edge in that category in the second half and ultimately that proved to be the difference. Stanford had 42 of its points in the paint, many on second-chance opportunities.
“I’m very disappointed with our play in the second half,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “I feel bad for our fans who were here tonight and for all of Beaver Nation. We got outplayed and outhustled in that second half, and that is completely unacceptable. I will address that with the guys before Saturday’s game.”
Moreland posted his 10th double-double of the season, and 13th in his career, but the Beavers fell for just the second time this season when he doubles down in a game.
Stanford (16-11, 7-7) had five players in double figures, led by Josh Huestis with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dwight Powell also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Andy Brown and Chasson Randle each had 13 points and Aaron Bright added 12.
The Beavers host the California Golden Bears, fresh off a victory over No. 23 Oregon, at 3 p.m. on Saturday in a game that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The tilt will also feature the Beaver football team in a slam dunk contest at halftime in the final regular-season home game of the season.
Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson:
Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson and forward Joe Burton: