LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Oregon State was able to ride out the momentum of a 26-point lead to escape the Galen Center with a 76-66 victory over USC on Thursday night.
The Beavers jumped out to an incredible start, taking a 23-point lead into halftime, looking to put away the Trojans early in the second frame. It appeared as if Oregon State (15-12, 7-8 Pac-12) would be able to move into cruise control in the first few minutes of the final period, but USC (10-18, 1-14) would storm back to bring it within five, 69-64. Time would not favor the Men of Troy, as Oregon State was able to close it out from the stripe.
Eric Moreland became the Oregon State career blocks leader after sending three shots back against the Trojans. The Texas native was a rebounding machine for the Beavers, grabbing 14 boards. He also tacked on seven points to his stat line.
Roberto Nelson scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. He also recorded five rebounds and five assists on the night, providing offensive balance for the Beavers.
Langston Morris-Walker tied a career-high with 11 points, all of which found the back of the net in the first half. The sophomore also pulled in four rebounds.
Angus Brandt scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, which helped prop Oregon State to its 23-point lead at the intermission. The big man was the standard of consistency from the stripe going 8-for-8 on the night.
"It is very hard to win on the road," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "When you put on a game like we did for the first 33 minutes of play, they aren't going to take it. We haven’t played in games that are this meaningful this late in the season and we need some practice at it. This was a good way to do that."
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