The Oregon State Beavers shot better than 50 percent from downtown Thursday night and held off a pair of second-half surges by the Stanford Cardinal for an 81-72 win at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis Thursday night.
The Cardinal (9-5, 0-2 Pac-12 Conference) have dropped back-to-back games to open conference play for the second straight year. Stanford lost at home to Cal a week ago to open Pac-12 play.
The Beavers (9-6, 1-2) took a 10-point lead with 4:54 left in the first half on a jumper by Roberto Nelson, but the Cardinal rallied a bit and cut the deficit to 37-32 on Chasson Randle’s layup with two seconds left in the half.
Oregon State again stretched the lead out to 10 early in the second half, going up 46-36 on Langston Morris-Walker’s 3-pointer just 2:23 into the half. Oregon State was 8-of-15 from the land of 3 for the game.
Randle’s layup with 10:55 remaining pulled Stanford back to within two at 57-55, but the Beavers quickly got the led back out to seven points.
Anthony Brown’s 3-pointer with 4:27 to go—one of only two long balls the Cardinal made all night—got Stanford back to within two again at 65-63, but Oregon State outscored the Cardinal 16-9 the rest of the way, with Hallice Cooke providing the exclamation point with a steal and a dunk with 41 seconds to go to put the Beavers up 78-68.
Nelson scored 21 points for the Beavers, while Eric Moreland did a little of everything—17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Cooke scored 16 points and Angus Brandt added 12.
Randle scored 30 points for the Cardinal, while Dwight Powell had 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Stefan Nastic finished with 11 points and two blocks.
Stanford was 24-for-58 (41.4 percent) overall, 2-for-8 (25 percent) from deep and 22-for-25 (88 percent) at the foul line. Oregon State was 25-for-53 (47.2 percent), 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) and 23-for-32 (71.9 percent).
The Beavers had the rebounding advantage, 38-33, but had 12 turnovers to just 10 by the Cardinal.
Stanford visits No. 17 Oregon on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tipoff in Eugene.