This time, Beavs fight through it and win

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN a shame to see Eric Moreland's night go to waste. The Beaver forward tore down a career-high 19 rebounds, many on the offensive end and OSU was coasting along with a double-digit lead late in the second half. But some familiar foes surfaced - turnovers and poor free throw shooting - and suddenly it was tied and headed into overtime. That's when Roberto Nelson stepped up.

Roberto Nelson scored six of his (only) 15 points in overtime, including a monster trey and the go-ahead free throw with 2:50 remaining, to pace Oregon State to a 78-76 victory over Arizona State Saturday.

OSU led by 14 in the second half but ASU's Jermaine Marshall -- 0-10 to that point from the field -- swished a 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime with the score tied at 67.

Eric Moreland was stupendous, with 16 points and the 19 rebounds for Oregon State.

Arizona State led 71-69 in overtime when Nelson followed up his own miss and scored to tie the game with 3:41 to play. Nelson made 1 of 2 free throws to put the Beavers on top for good, 72-71, and then added a 3-pointer that made the score 76-72 with 21.6 seconds left.

Hallice Cooke's two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining extended the lead to 78-73 and helped put the game out of reach.

The Beavers found something early, disrupting Arizona State's offense throughout the first half by consistently pressuring the ball with two defenders and sometimes three. The Sun Devils struggled mightily to break the pressure. When they did find the open man, they struggled to make open shots.

Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each made senior day count, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Malcolm Duvivier had 11 first-half points off the bench for the Beavers, who shot 45.5 percent (10 of 22) in the half to ASU's 36 percent (9 of 25). OSU led 33-28 at half and had a 10-2 edge in second-chance points. Duvivier finished with a career-high 13 points.

Nelson, the only Pac-12 player to average more than 20 points a game, also became the first OSU player to lead the Beavers in scoring, assists, steals, 3-point field goals, and minutes since Deaundra Tanner in 2000.

Nelson, who came into the game averaging 20.8 points a game, made 6 of 16 shots from the field and all but locked up the Pac-12 scoring title, making him the fifth Oregon State player to lead the conference in scoring and the first since Gary Payton in 1990.

Oregon State will be the No. 10 seed in the Pac-12 tournament that opens Wednesday. The Beavs face Oregon at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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