Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson:
Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson, forward Eric Moreland, Forward Angus Brandt, forward Devon Collier:
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State honored its seniors in a big way on Saturday afternoon, taking down Arizona State in overtime, 78-76 in front of a rowdy Gill Coliseum crowd.
The Beavers will face Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
After being down by 14 midway through the second half, Arizona State (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12) battled back to force overtime. In the extra period, Roberto Nelson put the team on his back, getting a steal with 51 seconds left, then proceeding to cash in a three with 21 seconds to go. The clutch shot gave Oregon State (16-14, 8-10) a 76-72 lead that Arizona State could not overcome, as the Beavs escaped with the victory from the line.
Eric Moreland grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and scored a team-high 16-points, providing the Beavers with energy all over the court.
Nelson scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native also came up with six rebounds and three assists.
Malcolm Duvivier had his best game in Beaver uniform, dropping a career-high 13 points after a 4-of-7 shooting performance.
Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each made senior day count, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively for the Beavers.
After the thrilling victory, Oregon State paid tribute to its six seniors, Daniel Jones, Michael Moyer,C.J. Mitchell, Brandt, Collier, and Nelson.
“This was a hard fought game and that was a good team,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “It was out of my hands, our guys just made sure that we were going to win. These senior days are emotional for the guys. It’s hard to realize that you’re coming down to the end. It is overwhelming for everyone, and our energy level could have been flat but we came out really well.”
The Beavs were able to limit Arizona State to a 41 percent shooting performance (25-for-61) and outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-33. Oregon State also took advantage of a 21-11 second chance points differential.
Jahii Carson finished the afternoon with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds for Arizona State. Jonathan Gilling also played well, scoring 20 points and grabbing five boards.
The Beavers came out with a tenacious 1-3-1-zone defense that gave the Devils fits, as Oregon State pushed out to a 9-1 lead five minutes in to the contest. ASU would respond with a 9-0 run to go ahead by one, 10-9 with 12:40 remaining in the half.
Duvivier hit back-to-back three’s and a pair of free throws that put Oregon State up by seven, 17-10, with just under 11 minutes on the clock.
With 37 seconds left in the frame, Duvivier did it again, splashing a three-ball from the corner off an assist from Hallice Cooke that extending the Oregon State advantage to 33-28.
Going into the locker room, the Beavers maintained the 33-28 lead, after holding the Devils to a 36 percent clip (9-for-25) from field and outrebounding ASU 18-12 in the first 20 minutes of play. Oregon State also shot a lights out 80 percent (4-of-5) from beyond the arc, three of which came from Duvivier in the opening period.
Oregon State took a 13-point lead at the 14-minute mark of the final frame, 48-35, after a Moreland got a hoop and harm to fall off a steal in transition.
The Sun Devils wouldn’t quit, going on a 6-0 run that narrowed the Beavers’ edge to 54-46 with just 9 minutes left to play. The lead would be cut even further, as ASU trimmed it to four, 57-53 at the 5:33 mark.
With a minute to go, Nelson fired up a three, grabbed his own rebound and laid one in amidst three ASU defenders to put Oregon State up 67-61.
Gilling would keep it close after hitting a three with 35 seconds to go, and on the next possession Jermaine Marshall would tie it all up at 67 with a three of his own. The Beavers had a chance to win in regulation with a final shot from Nelson, but it hit back iron as ASU forced overtime.
In the end, the Beavers get the win and secure a meeting with Oregon in the 1st round of the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas.