PULLMAN — Roberto Nelson scored 26 points and hit 11 free throws to help Oregon State beat Washington State 66-55 on Wednesday night.
Angus Brandt chipped in 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field as Oregon State (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) got its first conference road win.
D.J. Shelton scored a career-high 24 points, going 4 for 4 from behind the arc for Washington State (8-11, 1-6).
The Beavers led by 11 with 6:15 remaining in the game. Ike Iroegbu hit a three-pointer followed by back-to-back threes from Shelton to cut the lead to 56-50, but that would be as close as the Cougars would get.
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Oregon State took the ball to the rim and closed the game by hitting 7 of 8 free throws. For the game, the Beavers were 19 of 27 from the line while Washington State was 1 of 4.
Oregon State built a 10-point lead twice in the first half, leading 21-11 at the 9:26 mark. The Beavers shot 69 percent from the field (9 of 13) during the stretch. The Beavers led 27-17 late in the half but Washington State hit the final two shots to cut the deficit to 33-27.
WSU shot 59 percent for the half (13 of 22) but was plagued by turnovers and only hit one free throw.
The Cougars started the game with six turnovers in the opening eight minutes. They started the second half with turnovers on their first two possessions.
Nelson moved into sixth place on Oregon State’s career scoring list with 1,473 points. Devon Collier scored 10 points and moved into 11th place with 1,326.
The Beavers won in Pullman in consecutive years for the first time in 14 years.
LOS ANGELES — Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points and USC led all the way in beating California for the Trojans’ first Pac-12 win after an 0-5 start.
Byron Wesley added 14 points and seven rebounds, Julian Jacobs and Pe’Shon Howard had 12 points each, while Howard had 10 assists for the Trojans (10-9, 1-5). They ended their worst start in league play since 2012. Jovanovic made 8 of 10 field goals and all seven of his free-throw attempts.
Justin Cobbs scored 22 points and Jordan Mathews added 18 for the Golden Bears (14-5, 5-1). The loss left idle No. 1 Arizona as the league’s only undefeated team. The Bears had their six-game overall winning streak snapped and their four-game streak against USC ended.
Cal big men Richard Solomon and David Kravish combined for 19 points. They had been averaging a combined 33.8 points. Solomon had 13 rebounds.
The Trojans had lost a season-high five straight by an average of 22.4 points under first-year coach Andy Enfield. But they came out energized from the opening tip, racing to a 19-8 lead.
Led by Jovanovic, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Serbia, and Omar Oraby, a 7-2 senior from Egypt, the Trojans were able to control the boards, 37-33, while limiting the shots of the 6-10 Solomon and 6-9 Kravish.
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