CORVALLIS -- Oregon State came away with a clean victory on Wednesday evening in Gill Coliseum,…
HOOPS: A bitter loss for Robinson's Beavs
Eric Moreland fed Joe Burton for a layup with 12.6 seconds to play to give Oregon State (10-8, 0-4 Pac-12) a 68-67 lead.
Devon Collier's game-winning attempt was muffed in a scrum of players as time ran out.
Roberto Nelson scored a season-high tying 26 points for the Beavers, who overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to take a 49-48 lead with 11:52 remaining. Burton and Collier scored 16 points apiece.
Oregon State forced USC to commit 20 turnovers Saturday.
"Man, that 1-3-1 is annoying," Trojans guard Jio Fortan said after scoring just eight points on two of two shooting.
"We just stayed with it (1-3-1 zone) because it was working so well," Beavers coach Craig Robinson said. "We forced some great turnovers and got some great results.
"But we can't enjoy it much because it is such a bitter loss."
The game was close until late in the first half, when six different USC players scored on the way to a half-closing 15-7 run and a 39-31 halftime lead. USC opened the second half by scoring seven straight points for a 15-point lead that led to an Oregon State timeout. The Beavers answered by outscoring USC 16-2 over the next 6:20 for a 49-48 lead.
The Trojans didn't score for 5:40.
Moreland and Victor Robbins returned to the Oregon State lineup after missing three games for violating team rules. Moreland had three points, eight rebounds, the late assist and three turnovers, one of which led to a late USC go-ahead score. Robbins played one minute.
Oregon State looked out of sorts for much of the game, with continuity issues on the offensive end.
Ahmad Starks split time with Challe Barton at the point, with each playing 20 minutes. Neither player scored. They combined for seven assists and one turnover.
It was Barton on the floor during the comeback and at crunch time. "He played better," Robinson said of Barton.
Starks came into the game averaging 13.4 points but scored just five against UCLA on Thursday.
IllinoisHSPreps.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Injury Report
Dr. Roto highlights the injuries from three games: Denver @ Miami, Arizona @ Seattle and Houston @ Cincinnati. One recommendation is to definitely start Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (pictured above)…Read More
What, and Who, to Watch
O'Malley's weekly six-pack of questions entering Saturday's showdown with Louisville in South Bend.Read More
Peterson speaks: Fresh start might be best
Adrian Peterson said he knows Vikings players and coaches love him, but there are people “internally” that haven’t been supporting him.Read More
5 NFL Games that Got Cancelled by Weather
It snowed again in Buffalo, blanketing the city and, more importantly for our purposes, Ralph Wilson Stadium in 8 feet of snow. The NFL just announced that Sunday's Bills-Jets game is bugging out.…Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More