Roberto Nelson had 17 points and Oregon State held off a late-game surge to beat Washington State 67-66 on Wednesday night. Oregon State lost a...
PULLMAN — Roberto Nelson had 17 points and Oregon State held off a late-game surge to beat Washington State 67-66 on Wednesday night.
Oregon State lost a 15-point second-half lead after the Cougars went on a late 20-6 run. D.J. Shelton made back-to-back three-pointers at the end of the run to pull the Cougars to 64-63 with a minute remaining. Washington State hit six consecutive three-pointers during the stretch.
“Part of the reason it was interesting is because we haven’t won one like this. We were trying a little too hard, so you make some aggressive mistakes out there,” Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said.
Nelson’s tip-in on the next possession put the Beavers up 66-63.
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Washington State had a good look at a tying three-pointer but missed. Langs Morris-Walker pulled down the rebound, and the Cougars were forced to foul. Morris-Walker went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line before DaVonte Lacy hit a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer.
Eric Moreland had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Challe Barton scored 11 points for Oregon State (13-12, 3-9 Pac-12).
Lacy had a career-high 27 points and made seven three-pointers, and Brock Motum scored 16 for Washington State (11-14, 2-10).
The loss, Washington State’s fifth straight, put the Cougars alone in last place in the conference.
“Nice to see (Lacy) shoot well,” Washington State coach Ken Bone said. “He has been shooting the three with confidence. I would have liked to have run a play to get DaVonte the ball in that last possession, but it was hard when they had a few fouls to give.”
At Utah 60, Arizona State 55
Jason Washburn tied a career high with 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Utah defeated Arizona State. The victory avenged a 55-54 overtime loss in Tempe on Jan. 2. Washburn had 19 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks in the first game. He celebrated wildly after this victory.
“You guys know how I like to get happy when good things happen,” Washburn said. “It felt really good to be on this side of everything. We did what we had to down the stretch and we got one. This feels really good.”
His reverse layup put Utah (11-13, 3-9) ahead 54-53 late, then two free throws with 25 seconds helped seal the victory.
Carrick Felix led ASU (18-7, 7-5) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jahii Carson scored 12 but was called for a charge with 17 seconds left and ASU down by three.
Jared DuBois’ ensuing free throws provided the final margin.