OSU can't handle the rock in loss to Utah

OREGON STATE DUG themselves a deep hole in the first half, trailing by as many as 16 points against Utah. But with less than seven minutes to play, the Beavs had closed to within three points. That, however, was as close as they got in an 80-69 loss to complete on 0-2 start in Pac-12 play.

Nine Oregon State turnovers in the first half led to 13 Utah points. In the game, the Beavs committed 15 turnovers to Utah's eight.

And seven different Beavers committed turnovers. It's hard to win like that. It's hard not to get buried in the first half playing like that.

And indeed, OSU got blitzed in that opening frame, as Utah went on an 18-0 run. Utah canned 12 three-pointers and shot 52 percent from beyond the arc before halftime.

Given all that, it was somewhat surprising the Beavs only trailed by nine at the break, (41-32).

Roberto Nelson's trey with two minutes gone in the second half the cut the lead to three -- but the Beavs couldn't break through. And Utah slowly worked the lead back up to 10 points with 10 minutes left in the game.

But treys by Morris-Walker and Malcolm Duvivier, and a layup and free throw by Devon Collier trimmed the lead to 63-60 with 6:31 left. But once again, Utah pulled away.

Nelson scored a team-high 16 points. Hallice Cooke made four threes and scored 14 points off the bench.

Langston Morris-Walker posted a career-high 11 points by connecting on 3-of-4 from the field.

Eric Moreland, in his first start since rejoining the team this week following a suspension, scored four points, grabbed one rebound and had two steals. Although he started, he played only 19 minutes, picking up two fouls along the way.

Oregon State next plays at home against Stanford at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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