Olaf Schaftenaar scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in the loss.
Sophomore guard Malcolm Duvivier added 10 points and four assists for the Beavers (8-3) in their first-ever game in Connecticut. Junior center Daniel Gomis had seven points and seven rebounds and junior guard Langston Morris-Walker added seven points.
Schaftenaar was 7-for-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. He has scored 37 points in his last two games, raising his average from 8.7 points per game to 10.6 ppg.
Quinnipiac (5-5) of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference outscored the Beavers 23-9 over the final 12 minutes of the first half to take a 32-26 lead and assume control of the game. The Beavers made several runs over the final 20 minutes but never got closer than three points.
“We didn’t have the same spark, have the same killer instinct and the same selflessness” shown in their first 10 games, OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said. “It was very disheartening, we weren’t together, we didn’t have the same cohesion and energy.”
Not to make excuses but Oregon State was playing their fourth game in eight days, with a 10 a.m. Pacific time start.
OSU trailed 53-46 with 6:01 remaining and pulled within 53-50 with 2:44 to play on a basket by Victor Robbins. The Beavs then had a chance to pull within one point but Duvivier missed a driving layup with 2:20 left. After that, the Beavers went cold.
OSU would not score again until Duvivier scored with 23 seconds to play to draw within 56-52. OSU was forced to foul and Zaid Hurst made four straight free throws in the final 17 seconds for the final score.
The Beavers hit five 3-pointers in the first eight minutes and led 17-9 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half after a Duvivier dunk. But the Bobcats answered with a 13-0 run to zoom ahead 22-17 and they led 32-26 at halftime.
Junior guard Gary Payton II, OSU’s leading scorer (13.6 rpg) and rebounder (9.4 rpg) did not score against Quinnipiac -- he had only one rebound before fouling out late and played only 26 minutes.
"You can’t single out one player; we are balanced and today we didn’t have balance," Tinkle said. "Hurst got very physical with Gary and he got in foul trouble."
Quinnipiac has outrebounded 82 of its last 84 opponents and had a 46-27 edge on Sunday. It was only the third time this season OSU lost the battle of the boards despite their two starting forwards averaging less than seven combined rebounds per game.
“We didn’t take on the challenge physically,” Tinkle said. “We knew it was going to be a battle on the glass. They got physical ad we cowered a little bit. We don’t do that and we have to find a way to get back on track.
“If we would have rebounded and finished plays … we weren’t on page with the game plan. I will Quinnipiac credit, they are a good team. They got physical with us and we didn’t respond.”
OSU was outscored 15-4 at the foul line -- the Bobcats had 19 attempts to OSU’s seven.
“That shows our lack of aggression and we can’t do that,” Tinkle said.
The Beavers host UC Santa Barbara at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at Gill Coliseum in their next game. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
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