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Oregon State completes series sweep of Washington State
Angus Brandt scored 16 points to lead Oregon State to a 68-57 win over Washington State on Thursday.
The Associated Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Angus Brandt scored 16 points to lead Oregon State to a 68-57 win over Washington State on Thursday.
Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (14-11, 6-7), who improved to 11-2 in Gill Coliseum for the season. Oregon State has three of its five remaining games at home.
DaVonte Lacy scored 18 points for Washington State (9-17, 2-12) and D.J. Shelton had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lacy had nine of the Cougars’ first 12 points, but then went scoreless for nearly 20 minutes.
After the Beavers made the first basket of the game, Washington State went on an 8-0 run.
The Cougars promptly went cold, however, and Oregon State outscored Washington State 25-6 over the next 12 minutes. The Beavers took a 27-16 lead with 4:34 remaining.
Washington State didn’t score for more than four minutes during that stretch. But Oregon State followed up with its own scoreless four-minute span, and went to the break up 30-26.
After the opening minutes of the second half, the Cougars couldn’t get closer than five points.
Oregon State beat Washington State 66-55 in the teams’ first meeting this season on Jan. 22 in Pullman.
The Beavers’ six Pac-12 wins are more than or equal to its total conference wins in 15 of the past 20 seasons.
Oregon State came into the game led by Roberto Nelson with 21.3 points per game. He had 12 points on 1-for-9 shooting on Thursday, but added seven assists for the Beavers.
Washington State has lost its past five games, and nine of its past 10. The team has not won a Pac-12 game away from Pullman, and is ranked last in the conference in points scored per game and free-throw percentage.
The Cougars shot 16 of 28 from the line Thursday. The Beavers went 25 of 36 from the charity stripe.
At Stanford 80, USC 59
Chasson Randle scored 18 points to lead Stanford to its fourth win in five games and a season sweep against USC.
Dwight Powell added 14 points and Josh Huestis had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Cardinal (17-8, 8-5), which heads into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 23 UCLA on a roll.
Pe’Shon Howard scored 13 and Julian Jacobs added 11 for the Trojans (10-16, 1-12), who have lost seven straight games under first-year coach Andy Enfield.
To make matters worse for USC, the Trojans were without leading scorer Byron Wesley, who will miss both games in the Bay Area this weekend for a violation of rules.