Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson:
Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson, forward Angus Brandt:
Courtesy: Oregon State Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Roberto Nelson scored a team-high 17 points, but Oregon State could not keep up with an energized Washington team, falling 86-62 on Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
The Huskies took the game by storm, going on a 28-8 run to end the first half that gave them a 44-33 lead at the break. Oregon State (14-12, 6-8 Pac-12) could not overcome the deficit, as Washington (15-13, 7-8) shot an impressive 64.3 percent (18-for-28) from the field in the second frame, keeping the Beavers at bay for nearly the entire contest.
Washington was able to outrebound Oregon State 43-23, which paid dividends for the Dawgs, as they dominated under the hoop, outscoring the Beavers 52-36 in the paint.
Nelson led Oregon State offensively, going 8-of-14 from the floor. He also grabbed a career-high tying eight rebounds and dished out three assists.
“I didn’t see this coming,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “I’m really surprised that we didn’t play better. This was maybe a case of the pressure of having to win this game being too much for us. I have to be the first one to step up and take the blame for that, but it seemed like we were overwhelmed with the opportunity.”
C.J. Wilcox was lights out for Washington, scoring a game-high 23 points behind a 10-of-16 shooting performance. Oregon natives Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss also came up big for the Dawgs, scoring 15 and 14 points respectively.
Nelson would get the fans on their feet after firing to the hoop and getting an and-1 one to fall with 9:19 remaining in the first period. The senior cashed in the shot from the line giving Oregon State a six-point lead, 25-19.
Wilcox put the Huskies on his back, scoring seven straight points to put Washington ahead 26-25 with 7:41 to play in the half. The Dawgs run would reach 11 before the Beavers were able to break it up at the line, trailing 30-27.
Going into halftime, the Huskies maintained a 44-33 advantage after going on a 28-8 run. In the first 20 minutes of play, Washington outrebounded Oregon State 23-14, and dominated inside, outscoring the Beavers 28-14 in the paint. The Beavs were also crippled by seven turnovers that led to eight Washington points in the opening stanza.
The Dawgs entered the second half with vengeance, pushing their lead to 19, 59-40, at the 16-minute mark. Oregon State would respond with a 7-0 run that cut the deficit to 59-47 at 14:05.
The Beavers would cut it back to 11 with just over 10 minutes to play, 64-53. The Huskies would remain in the drivers seat for the rest of the contest though, controlling the game on both ends of the floor.
Coming up, the Beavers hit the road for a matchup with USC on Thursday at 8 p.m. in a game televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.