HOOPS: Beavs watch lead, game slip away

WHEN THE END came, it came suddenly. Oregon State held a double-digit lead early in the second half but let UW play those final 20 minutes at their tempo. The result was a 23-5 Husky run that settled the issue midway through the second half, as the Beavs lost 87-81 in Seattle.

Oregon State climbed back to within three points after trailing by 11 with less than four minutes to play but could go no further.

Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 31 points, and Devon Collier had 23 points and six rebounds. But OSU's defense was lacking.

Washington pounded inside in the first half against the taller Beavs, making layups and point-blank shots.

"I like the fact that we didn't have many turnovers, but we just let them score in the paint too much. That's something we usually rule the day on, but today we didn't," said Craig Robinson after the loss.

The biggest problem for the Beavs was UW freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who scored a career-high 32 points.

Oregon State held a 12 point lead with 18 minutes to go before UW's big run.

The Huskies were unable to slow down the Beavers early on and they shot 52 percent from the field.

Oregon State's defensive game plan appeared to center around stopping UW leading scorer C.J. Wilcox, and they held him to 14 points, a good five points below his per game average. But that left other Huskies open and they converted, especially close to the rim.

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