Beavs knock off USC for second W of weekend

ERIC MORELAND

USC IS AN offensive challenged team this seaosn but they play good defense. In fact, they play better than good defense, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 11 in the nation coming into the game with Oregon State. No team had scored more than 66 points against the Trojans. That's no longer the case after the Beavs' 78-59 win.

Oregon State (13-7, 3-5) after the wins over UCLA and USC is playing like many expected them to at the beginning of Pac-12 play.

Jared Cunningham led the way against USC, with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with five assists.

This one was over early, as a 13-0 run gave the Beavers an 18-8 lead and the outcome was never again in doubt.

OSU played a lot of their 1-3-1 zone and it was more than effective. The Beavers finished with 10 steals (8 in the first half) and forced 18 USC turnovers.

Devon Collier scored 12, Joe Burton had a newar double-double with 11 points and nine boards and Ahmad Starks was good for 10 points while Eric Moreland grabbed 11 boards.

The schedule is not a friend to the Beavers though, as their momentum will be placed on hold until a Civil War tilt in Eugene next Sunday, Jan. 29.

The win over the Trojans gave Oregon State their first sweep of the Los Angeles schools since 2004-05.

It was also the Beavs' most lopsided conference win since last year's Pac-10 opener against Arizona State (80-58).

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