Devon Collier

Beavers Soar Past Hawks, 98-66

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   12-15-2013

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Devon Collier recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Roberto Nelson added 20 points as Oregon State prevailed over Maryland Eastern Shore, 98-66, on Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.

Collier dominated inside for the Beavers, shooting 10-of-16 from the field and posting his ninth career double-double and fourth this season. This marks the fifth straight game that the big man has scored 20 points or more. Collier also added four assists to his impressive stat sheet.

Nelson found his groove in the second half, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the closing stanza. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native also grabbed four boards and dished out four assists. His performance marks the 24th consecutive game that he has scored in double-digits, which equals the 10th longest streak in Oregon State history.

“Roberto (Nelson) is the type of player people have to guard closely, and I think that’s what happened in the second half," Collier said. "He drew a lot of attention to himself, and by doing that he got other players open. We just needed to knock down shots, and that’s what we did. Aside from that, we were aggressive and we limited our turnovers.”

Angus Brandt returned to form offensively, posting 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. The Australian provided a spark early, converting on 3-of-4 shots, to lead all scorers with 10 at the half. 

As a team, the Beavers hit 51.5 percent of their shots, converting on 35-of-68 attempts. This marks the sixth consecutive game that Oregon State (5-2) has shot 50 percent or better. They also outrebounded the Hawks 45-38 and capitalized on a 15-2 second chance points differential. Oregon State outscored UMES (2-5) 52-22 in the paint and dished out 10 more assists.

"The halves felt like two games, it was so stark," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "First and foremost, watching our guy's sort of hold down the fort until Devon and Roberto could get going, that was good to see."

Oregon State was able to secure a 21-point lead in the second half after a decisive 15-0 run, powered by hustle on both sides of the ball by the Beavers. With 9:53 to play, the Beavers led 70-49.

Olaf Schaftenaar showed confidence from downtown in the first stanza, drilling two key three-balls to give the Beavers a 26-15 lead with 8:42 remaining in the half. The sophomore also found the back of the net with a three in the second frame, giving the Beavers a 61-49 lead and tying a career-high in three pointers made. Schaftenaar added a career-high five assists to his strong shooting night

Freshman Malcolm Duvivier saw early action for Oregon State, hitting his first career three-pointer at the 11:10 mark in the first half. The Canadian finished with seven points, cashing in on 3-of-4 shots from the field.

Maryland Eastern Shore was led by Kyree Jones, who finished the afternoon with 21 points. Isaac Smith posted 13 points and Hakeem Baxter added 12 points for the Hawks.

The Beavers started the afternoon on a ­­­­­9-2 run, giving them a lead that sustained the blow of an aggressive Maryland Eastern Shore team down the stretch.

UMES went on a 13-2 run late in the first half, taking the lead at the 1:33 mark, 31-30. The Beavers stayed composed despite this, closing out the half with a one point lead, 34-33.

The Beavers sparked an 8-0 run with back-to-back three-point plays and a ferocious Collier slam to put Oregon State on top 42-34 early in the second half. Soon after, Nelson and Schaftenaar drilled back-to back three's to give the Beavers a 61-49 lead with 12:08 left to play.

Oregon State extended its lead to 26 at the 7:27 mark in the final frame after Victor Robbins sped down court in transition and dropped in his first points of the night. The Beavers would not look back, bringing their lead to as high as 34 before the final buzzer sounded.

Up next, the Beavers host Towson at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday at 7p.m. in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.