COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With President Barack Obama, The First Family and 14,772 others in attendance, Oregon State marched to victory over Maryland, 90-83, at the Comcast Center Sunday night, marking the first time the Beavers have defeated an ACC team on the road in school history.
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Devon Collier showed his strength and power inside, posting a career-high 29 points, 18 of which came in a second half. The big man also pulled down 11 rebounds, giving him his second straight double-double.
Senior Roberto Nelson also impressed on the national stage, finishing witha game-high 31 points, a career-high-tying seven assists and three rebounds. He also cashed in on 12-of-14 attempts from the line, helping secure the Beavers' victory.
“It’s a great win for us and Beaver Nation," Nelson said. "It shows how hard we’ve been working in practice and getting Devon back and the impact that he’s made. Our scout team really pushed us and emulated the other team to the best of their ability. They prepared us for this game, so the scout team should get a lot of credit.”
Oregon State (2-1) shot 63 percent (5-of-8) from behind the arc and 60 percent (31-of-52) from the field. The Beavers also capitalized on a 29-14 points off turnovers differential to put away the Terrapins on the road.
With the win, the Beavers improved to 4-0 all-time when President Obama is in attendance.
“It was a team effort," Collier said. "I came out to play. Berto came out to play. Angus came out to play. The whole team came out to play. I felt it was a team effort; everybody followed the game plan and we came out with a victory.”
Junior guard Dez Wells, who finished with 23 points and five rebounds, led Maryland (1-2) in scoring. Evan Smotrycz also played well for the Terps, finishing with 16 points, nine of which came on 3-of-6 shooting from three.
The Beavers never trailed in the second half after going on an 8-0 run to bring the lead to 46-38 at the 17:54 mark. Challe Barton helped get the team going with a couple big buckets to start the half, including one from downtown. Oregon State continued to play aggressively, pushing their lead to 12 points with 13:23 remaining in the final half, which would be their largest advantage of the night.
Barton was a spark plug offensively for the Beavers, recording nine points, four rebounds and three assists in his third start at point guard this season. The Goteborg, Sweden native converted on both attempts he took from the field and went 4-of-4 from the line.
Maryland battled back midway through the final stanza, narrowing the Oregon State lead to 65-63 after a decisive three-pointer by the hot hand of Jake Layman with 9:08 remaining. Victor Robbins returned the favor with a three of his own with 8:00 left on the clock in the second half, giving the Beavers a 68-63 advantage.
Olaf Schaftenaar connected on a crucial three-pointer with 6:32 remaining in the game off an assist from Barton. Maryland answered with a three-ball from Nick Faust at the 6:15 mark.
The Terps narrowed the gap to 76-73 with a three-pointer from Smotrycz at the 3:30 mark, but Nelson fired back, converting on a layup with 2:45 left to play. Collier continued his dominant mop-up duty inside, pulling down an offensive rebound and getting a putback to fall with 2:07 left on the clock.
Maryland would answer once more with a layup at the 1:01 mark that brought the Oregon State lead to 84-81, but the Beavers did not panic, closing out the game on a 6-2 run.
Collier showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with early in the game, contributing 11 points and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play.
Freshman Hallice Cooke drained his first career three-point shot with 8:42 left in the first half, tying up the score at 22.
The opening frame featured a physical battle with 12 ties and eight lead changes. Nelson was the first on the board for the Beavers with a layup at the 19:10 mark. Oregon State posted an impressive 59 percent shooting from the field in the first stanza, converting on 13-of-22 shots.
Wells hit what appeared to be a buzzer-beating three-pointer just before the half, but after further review, the officials concluded that he had not gotten the ball off in time, so the score remained 38-38 going into the locker room.
Oregon State returns to the floor of Gill Coliseum on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against SIU-Edwardsville at 8 p.m. in the 4th Annual Nike N7 game.