Thursday, January 10, 2013
CORVALLIS — Carrick Felix had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Arizona State held off a late Oregon State comeback Thursday night for a 72-62 victory.
Jahii Carson added 20 points for the Sun Devils (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), who won their first conference road game of the season.
Devon Collier had 18 points, eight rebounds for Oregon State (10-5, 0-2).
A 9-2 run early in the second half helped Arizona State push a six-point halftime lead to 15. Jonathan Gilling’s basket finished the run, giving the Sun Devils a 52-37 lead with 14:18 left.
The Beavers answered, scoring seven in a row to cut the deficit to eight.
Oregon State kept chipping away, with Ahmad Starks hitting a short jumper with 6:58 remaining to cap a 7-0 run to put the score at 55-51.
Oregon State closed within four once more, at 57-53, on two Collier free throws.
But Arizona State came back with layups by Carson and Felix then a dunk by Jordan Bachynski to go up 65-55 with 1:42 left. Oregon State got no closer than eight from that point.
Bachynski finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, helping the Sun Devils to a 49-35 edge on the boards.
Collier scored six points early, helping Oregon State to a 13-9 lead.
Arizona State later took its first lead at 17-15 on a basket by Ruslan Pateev.
The Beavers then went on a 13-4 run, including six more from Collier, going ahead 28-21 on two free throws by Starks.
But the Sun Devils ended the half on a 10-0 run to lead 36-30 behind Carson’s 11 points.
It was a poor shooting half for both teams, with Arizona State making 14 of 35 from the field and Oregon State 12 of 33.
Oregon State played without sophomore forward Eric Moreland.
It was announced immediately before the game through the school’s men’s basketball Twitter account that Moreland had been suspended indefinitely.
Moreland started Oregon State’s first 14 games, averaging 10.8 points and 11.1 rebounds. Moreland is the Pac-12 leader in double-doubles with seven.
The Beavers are already playing without senior center Angus Brandt, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Oregon State’s fourth game.