Beavs can't get out of their own way in loss

OREGON STATE HAD every chance to upset No. 3 Arizona down the stretch. But squandering three straight chances to tie or take lead with turnovers – three of 15 turnovers committed by OSU – led to a 74-69 loss. It was somewhat surprising the Beavs were in the game late given the abysmal free throw shooting.

Oregon State shot 16-29 (55 percent) from the line.

Still, it was a back-and-forth game that wasn't decided until the final minutes.

Roberto Nelson scored 25 points, and Devon Collier had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers (15-14, 7-10).

Arizona appeared poised to stretch their lead several times but couldn't pull far away from a physical Oregon State team.

Arizona opened the game on a 7-0 run before Oregon State responded and took a 10-9 lead on a steal and layup by Hallice Cooke at the 14:13 mark.

The Wildcats gradually crept away, and an alley-oop from T.J. McConnell to Johnson for a dunk put the Wildcats up 31-22 with 3:53 left in the half, their largest lead of the game. Arizona led 36-33 at halftime.

The Beavers went ahead 46-44 after consecutive 3-pointers by Cooke, the latter at the 15:15 mark.

Arizona went on a 7-0 run that ended with a jumper by Johnson that made it 58-51 with about 10 minutes left, but Oregon State again responded, tying the game at 58 on a layup by Eric Moreland with 8:13 left.

But the three Beaver turnovers late on three straight possessions enabled Arizona to take a 69-64 lead with 1:36 left and OSU never seriously challenged again.

Oregon State outrebounded Arizona 43-34, only the sixth time Arizona has lost the rebounding battle this season.

Oregon State hasn't beaten a top-five team since it upset No. 3 Arizona 70-69 in Corvallis in 2000. It hasn't beat a top-25 team in more than three years.

Nelson went into the game leading the Beavers with a 20.6-point average. He is on pace to become the first Oregon State player to lead the conference in scoring since Gary Payton in 1990.

The loss was the Beavers' sixth Pac-12 defeat this season decided by six points or less.

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