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HOOPS: Beavs win a wild one in OT
NELSON WITH THE WINNING SHOT
the staff of BF.C
Posted Jan 31, 2014
ROBERTO NELSON connected on an off-balance layup in traffic with 25 seconds to play in overtime and the Beavers downed the Trojans, 76-75 on Thursday night. The outcome nearly left Oregon State head man Craig Robinson speechless.
There were turnovers. There were missed shots from close range. There was also a win for the Beavs.
Pe'Shon Howard had a chance to pull USC even after making the first of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in OT, but missed the second and
grabbed the rebound for Oregon State.
“I can't believe we won that game,” said Beavers Coach
. “We have been on the other end of so many of those.”
Oregon State is now 12-8, (4-4 Pac-12). The next three games are likely to define their season, they now play the Pac-12's top three teams.
finished with 14 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Beavers (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12), who trailed, 39-36, at halftime.
scored 14 of his 24 points after halftime.
The wild finish saw USC's Byron Wesley miss a layup attempt to tie for USC with eight seconds left and
rebounded for Oregon State. Gomis passed ahead to Nelson, but Howard stole the ball and was fouled by Gomis driving to the basket. Howard's second free throw off the back of the rim left him 7-8 from the line for the night.
Oregon State's defense was again less than salty at the star, as USC jumped out to 21-13 lead midway through the first half. The Trojans maintained at least a two-point lead through the remainder of the way untul the halftime break.
But OSU cranked things up in the second half and in overtime, with a number of stops -- and the Beavs did it mostly by out-hustling their opponent.
Trailing 72-69 in regulation, Eric Moreland found
behind the 3-point line, who drilled it to pull the Beavers even with 52.2 seconds left.
OSU committed 16 turnovers and missed 15 of 35 free throws.
Oregon State hosts UCLA (17-4) on Sunday and then hits the road next week to play ASU and No. 1 Arizona.
The RPIs for the Beavs next three opponents are 15, 40 and 2, respectively.
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