HOOPS: Beavs flex on D for big road win!

OREGON STATE EMPLOYED a hugely effective 2-3 zone against a Washington State team that had scored 108 points a few days earlier in a win over the Ducks. The result on Saturday night in Pullman? A 62-47 Beaver win.

Oregon State held WSU to just 29 percent from the floor and 5 of 25 from 3-point range Saturday night.

Every time the Cougs threatened in the second half, Oregon State was waiting with a made 3-pointer of their own -- mostly from the hand of Beaver junior guard Langston Morris-Walker.

“It seemed like every time we tried to take a shot they (the Beavers) were right there,” senior guard DaVonte Lacy told Cougfan.com. “They used it to their advantage kind of like a Syracuse 2-3 — using their length to their advantage…they did a good job.”

The Beavers (12-5, 3-2) also applied enough of a press on WSU (9-8, 3-2) to effectively slow down and dictate the pace of the game. The up-tempo offense from the Cougars never got into rhythm like they did against the Ducks, when they -- in the first half -- shot 72 percent from the floor and scored 57 points.

Morris-Walker finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs. Nineteen of his points came in the second half.

Gary Payton II added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Oregon State (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12).

The Cougars never led in this one and Oregon State controlled it from start to finish -- exactly what the Beavs needed in coming off a loss to Washington on Thursday that halted their momentum off the huge upset over then-No. 7 Arizona.

Oregon State shot 48.8 percent from the floor, outrebounded the Cougars 37-22 and had a 24-12 advantage in points in the paint.

The Beavers led 25-16 at the half.

The Cougars pulled within seven at 46-39 with 4:57 left, but Morris-Walker again seized back momentum for the Beavs with his third 3-pointer, tying his career high for 3s in a game.

Payton, a 6-foot-3 guard, leads the Beavers with 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. The junior college transfer came into the game second in NCAA Division I through Friday with 2.8 steals.

The Beavers, already short on depth and scholarship players, played their second game without sixth man Victor Robbins. He's serving a 10-game suspension for an undiosclosed violation of athletic department policy. Robbins is Oregon State's third-leading scorer at 10.3.

Up Next: Oregon State hosts UCLA on Thursday.

The Beavers have won four consecutive games over Washington State for the first time since 1999-2001.

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