Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson:
Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson and forward Angus Brandt:
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hallice Cooke and Eric Moreland each scored a career-high 23 points, but Oregon State could not overcome a 15-point first half deficit, falling 96-92 to Radford in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) on Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State (16-16, 8-10 Pac 12) fell behind by 15-points in the first half, but would bring it to within two, 94-92 with 10 seconds to play in the contest, but it was too little too late for the Beavers, as Radford (22-12, 10-6 Big South) held on to win.
Cooke was consistent for the Beavers, going 10-of-14 from the floor and 3-for-7 from long-range. The freshman also recorded four assists and two rebounds.
Moreland posted his 22nd career double-double and seventh this season, adding 11 rebounds to his career-best scoring effort. The big man went a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and also dished out two assists.
Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting and distributed four assists. The senior finished his career as the fourth all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history with 1,745 points.
Angus Brandt scored all 14 of his points in the first half, keeping the Beavs afloat in the opening 20 minutes. The Australian also came up with five boards for Oregon State.
“I was surprised that we couldn’t beat their energy,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “It was really disappointing and I know that our fans expect more. I am disappointed at our performance in the first half. We tried to come back in the second half but if you give a team that has won 21 games a lead like that they are going to finish it off.”
Ya Ya Anderson was lights out for Radford, finishing the night with 23 points after hitting 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. R.J. Price and Javonte Green also played well for the Highlanders, each contributing 20 points to the winning effort.
Radford came out hot, taking an early 14-5 lead at the 16:07 mark. The Highlanders would keep it going, pushing out to a 38-24 advantage. With just under 10 minutes left in the opening frame, Radford had already hit 6-of-8 attempts from three-point land and made 84.2 percent of its shots (16-for-19).
At the half, the Beavers trailed Radford 57-45. The Highlanders were able to hit 24-of-35 from the field and 9-of-15 from downtown in the first 20 minutes of play. Oregon State hit 58.8 percent (20-for-34) of its shots, but Radford’s impressive shooting performance kept the Beavs at bay in the first stanza.
Oregon State entered the second half on a mission, going on a 12-2 run that would narrow the deficit to four, 61-57, with 15:58 on the clock in the closing frame. Radford would answer with an 8-0 run to take a 69-57 edge at 14:54.
The Beavers would bring it to within three, 80-77, after Cooke got a jumper to fall at 8:12, but the Highlanders would not falter, keeping the lead in their grasp for the remainder of the contest.