Hoops: Oregon State charges back in win

OREGON STATE fell behind 26-10 about midway through the first half. The comeback began slowly at first, but by the end of the first 20 minutes they had improbably stormed back to take a one-point lead. The Beavers ultimately had six players who scored in double figures as they beat UC Santa Barbara 76-64 Tuesday night.

Gary Payton II led the way with 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals, Jarmal Reid scored 16 points off the bench and Olaf Schaftenaar added 14 for Oregon State (9-3).

"We had six players in double figures, but that's not all. Guys are rebounding, guys were defending. It feels good and that's kind of our identity," Langston Morris-Walker, who scored 11 points, told the Associated Press.

UC Santa Barbara fell to 5-7.

The Beavers were outrebounded by UC Santa Barbara 30-26, but forced the visitors into 18 turnovers.

"I thought we were extremely casual and careless, 18 turnovers, just did not compete," said Gauchos coach Bob Williams.

UC Santa Barbara, winless in five road games, led by 16 early after a Gabe Vincent 3-pointer made the score 26-10 at the 8:55 mark.

Oregon State responded with a 14-0 run, capped by a Payton steal and a Morris-Walker layup-and-one with 4:31 left in the first half.

"We started defending with a little more purpose, we started attacking the rim instead of settling, and we got great boost from guys off the bench," Tinkle said.

The game turned into a back-and-forth affair for a bit, and the Beavers led 37-36 at the break.

Oregon State began to pull away in the second half. UCSB never truly mounted a serious challenge in the second half and the Beavs often led by five points or more. A Malcolm Duvivier 3-pointer removed all doubt, putting the Beavers ahead 65-54 with 3:43 left.

The Beavers made 8 of 9 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Payton, a junior college transfer, entered Tuesday's game leading the Beavers with 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Oregon State was holding opponents to 34.2 percent shooting before Tuesday's contest, No. 7 in the nation. But UC Santa Barbara shot 50 percent against the Beavers.
  • Oregon State has won all of its games in Corvallis this season -- its 8-0 home record is its best start at Gill Coliseum since 1998-1999, when the Beavers opened 10-0 at home.
  • The elder Payton attended Tuesday's game, talking with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs during halftime.
  • Oregon State travels to rival Oregon on Saturday.

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