Beavers use an 8-0 run to take control in the last five minutes
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Washington State watched Oregon State go on a decisive run with five minutes left in the game to steal away the Cougars’ lead and post a 55-50 Pac-12 victory Thursday night.
The Cougars were up 44-43 before the Beavers went on their 8-0 run to take control.
Jarmal Reid came off the bench to score 20 points and Malcolm Duvivier added 15 points for the Beavers (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12), who improved to 13-0 at Gill Coliseum this season.
Reid’s jumper completed the Beavers’ run and gave them a 51-44 lead with 2:27 left.
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The Cougars (10-12, 4-6) trimmed the lead to four points, but Reid’s driving layin with 47 seconds left made the score 53-47 and helped seal the victory.
“I thought Reid just took the game to us, physically man-handled us on his drives,” said Washington State coach Ernie Kent.
Josh Hawkinson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and Ike Iroegbu scored 11 for the Cougars.
Kent said the Cougars have been hurt by a lack of consistency. “We need more guys to be on their game,” he added.
Washington State out-rebounded Oregon State 43-34, but had 12 turnovers, compared to the Beavers five. Both teams shot poorly, with the Cougars hitting 37.3 percent and the Beavers shooting 38.9 percent.
WSU opened up with an 8-0 lead as OSU missed its first four shots and committed two turnovers in the opening three minutes.
The Beavers clawed back with an 11-2 run capped by Reid’s layin to tie it at 23-all with 4:44 left in the half.
The game turned into a back-and-forth contest, and the Cougars led 32-30 at halftime.