Junior guard Malcolm Duvivier scored a game-high 15 points and Oregon State stretched its home winning streak to nine games in a grinding 55-47 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
The Beavers led virtually wire-to-wire in capturing their home Pac-12 opener. They led for the final 36:31 and made 11 of 12 free throws in the last 5:34 to keep ASU (8-7, 0-2) at bay.
Junior guard Gary Payton II had 12 points and junior guard Victor Robbins added 10 for the Beavers. Duvivier also had five rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Daniel Gomis added five rebounds and blocked three shots while Payton grabbed five rebounds and two steals.
OSU outrebounded the taller Sun Devils 34-24, held ASU to 4-of-21 (.190) shooting from 3-point range and hit 20 of their 25 free throws. The Beavs held the Sun Devils to 39.5 percent shooting overall.
“For our team it’s very simple,” OSU assistant coach Stevie Thompson said in an OSU release. “If we rebound and defend we are usually in good shape always have a chance to win.
"We got back to that tonight,” after deviating from the game plan this past Saturday in a 71-59 loss at Oregon. “That has to be the emphasis and the staple of this team from here on out.
Added Robbins: “We followed the game plan. Coach Thompson had the scout and he told us exactly who the shooters were. We couldn’t let them get in a groove. Everybody crashed the boards. It wasn’t just one person, our guards [rebounded] like they usually do,” and combined for 15 boards.
The Beavers fell behind 10-0 at Eugene but a slow start wasn’t repeated on Thursday. They spotted the Sun Devils 2-0 and 4-2 leads before going ahead for good, 5-4, on a stickback by Olaf Schaftenaar 16:31 remaining in the first half.
It was the only basket of the night for Schaftenaar, a junior forward who was OSU’s second-leading scorer (10.8 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (4.0 rpg) entering the game. Schaftenaar tweaked his right ankle with 13:36 remaining, did not return and played a season-low 19 minutes.
OSU led 35-27 when Schaftenaar left. But OSU stretched the lead to a game-high 10 points at 42-32 with 8:45 to play, and then held off several attempted ASu runs. The Sun Devils got within 44-41 with 3:57 remaining, but Duvivier answered with two free throws and Robbins scored a layup for a 48-41 lead with 1:53 left. ASU never get closer than five points after that.
Duvivier was 10 of 11 from the line on the night.
The Beavers had 12 offensive rebounds and outscored ASU 15-6 on second-chance points.
The Beavers resume Pac-12 action at 7 p.m. Sunday when they host No. 7 Arizona at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
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