Beavs lose rebounding battle, game

REBOUNDS LEAD TO second-chance points on the offensive end of the court. Rebounds, anywhere on the court, do a lot of good things. So it wasn't hard to see why the Beavs were on the losing end of a 76-54 decision against No. 2 Arizona. Oregon State had just four offensive rebounds in the game – and no second-chance points. They were also out-rebounded by 15 in the game.

The Beavs also allowed Arizona to shoot 50 percent from the field. It's the first time 'Zona has shot better than 40 percent in three games.

The lack of offensive boards hurt, though. OSU came into the contest averaging more than twice what they produced on the offensive glass against Arizona. And the Wildcats grabbed 15 offensive rebounds of their own.

In total, Arizona out-rebounded Oregon State 39-24.

The Wildcats held OSU guard Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, to just 10 points on 3 for 12 shooting.

The win moved Arizona to 23-1 overall and 10-1 in the Pac-12, while OSU dropped to 13-10 and 5-6.

Oregon State took an early 10-6 lead through the first five minutes while getting a hook shot and a three-pointer from center Angus Brandt. But the Wildcats, who missed five of their first seven shots, went ahead 12-11 with 12 minutes left and took control.

Some of that was due to Brandt being whistled for his second foul and heading to the bench with 13:30 remaining. Brandt didn't hit the floor again until the beginning of the second half, with the Beavs trailing by double-digits.

Up by 10 at halftime, the Wildcats took a 45-31 lead five minutes into the second half with eight quick points inside. Brandt hit a three-pointer to make it 47-36 but the Wildcats went up by 15 with 11:26 left.

Arizona coasted the rest of the way.

Brandt scored a team-high 14 points and had four rebounds and Devon Collier added 10 points.

Oregon State goes for the season sweep over Oregon on Feb. 16.

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