HOOPS: Beavs lose in a game decided late

OREGON STATE WAS coming off its biggest win in 15 years. Washington was desperate for their first Pac-12 win and to end a 1-4 skid that saw them go from No. 13 in the nation to the bottom of the conference standings. Both teams played tight Thursday night in Seattle, neither played its best basketball. But UW played best when it counted late in the second half, pulling away to a 56-43 win.

The game was a lot closer than the final score. But it was just as ugly as the final tally indicates, especially when on the losing end of things.

Washington went more than 9 minutes without scoring and yet still lead 19-15 at halftime.

It was 38-36 Washington with 8:30 left in the game when the UW made their move, putting together a 10-2 run. Oregon State pulled to within 42-37, but consecutive 3-pointers and Husky free throws pushed their lead to 10 with 2 minutes left.

Malcolm Duvivier and Jarmal Reid led Oregon State (11-5, 2-2) with 10 points each, but the Beavers were simply unable to build on last Sunday's upset of Arizona. And for a long time, it looked like a football score.

Both teams had scoring droughts of more than 8 minutes in the first half. They combined for just 14 made field goals and 16 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.

"Credit to them because we were making the game ugly, making it the way we had to and then we missed some assignments defensively," Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle told the Associated Press. "They made us pay with timely threes and then we were a little slow they drove by us and we gave up way too many easy baskets."

Gary Payton II's lone field goal was memorable, driving baseline in the second half and dunking over Andrew Andrews. Payton had eight rebounds and four blocks.

Up Next for Oregon State: The Beavers travel to Washington State on Saturday, who upset Oregon 108-99 in overtime. In the same way the Beavs looked flat after knocking off No. 7 Arizona, maybe the Cougs are ripe for a letdown after a run-and-gun surprise win?

Oregon State was without their best player coming off the bench in Victor Robbins, who was suspended for 10 games for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy.

Robbins was averaging 10.3 points off the bench for the Beavers.

"Don't have time to worry about it. We've got to have other guys step up," Tinkle said.

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