Hoops: Beavs in uncharted waters after win

THE HUSKIES wanted to run. Oregon State wouldn't let them. The Beavs moved to a program-best 14-0 at home with the 64-50 win over Washington. Oregon State used a harassing defense and the OSU offense finally got going over the final 20 minutes to the tune of 43 second-half points.

Gary Payton II led all scorers with 17 points while swiping five steals. Payton entered the game leading the league and ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 2.86 steals per game. He's the only Pac-12 player with at least one steal in all 23 games he's played in.

Langston Morris-Walker made a layup that put Oregon State up 29-22 early in the second half. The Beavs pulled away from there with a 10-2 run capped by two Payton layups to lead 35-24 with 13:55 left in the game.

A big dunk by Payton with 4:38 left gave the Beavers a 51-40 lead.

Oregon State is now 16-7 overall -- its best record since the 1989-90 team started 19-4. That was also the last time Oregon State went to the NCAA tournament.

Malcolm Duvivier added 14 points for the Beavers, who also improved to 7-4 in Pac-12 conference play.

Washington didn't score for nearly the first six minutes of the game and didn't get a bucket until 10 minutes had gone by. But OSU had its own problems on offense and led just 21-18 at the half.

But the Beavers were exceptional on defense from start to finish - Oregon State forced 22 Washington turnovers.

The Beavers evened up the season series, the Huskies won the first game 56-43 in Seattle on Jan. 15.

But this one was all about home sweet home. And as the Beavers continue to win, they continue to get more attention. A season-high 9,114 fans attended the game Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

UP NEXT: Oregon State visits UCLA on Wednesday night.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • During the game, it was reported by the Associated Press that 6-foot-7 junior forward Victor Robbins was cited early Sunday for driving under the influence in Benton County. Robbins was already serving a 10-game suspension for violating an athletic department policy, imposed on Jan. 15. He was eligible to return against Utah on Feb. 19. Wayne Tinkle said he did not know about the citation until after the game.

  • The Oregon State men's and women's teams were both undefeated at home this season. The only other school with a pair of home unbeatens was Wichita State.

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