CORVALLIS, Ore. - Angus Brandt scored a game-high 21 points and Roberto Nelson added 19 to the scoring column as Oregon State took down Quinnipiac, 76-68on Sunday night at Gill Coliseum.
Brandt came to play after missing the last two games with a hyper-extended knee. The Australian senior powered the Beavers offensively, finding the net on 8-of-11 shots and grabbing five rebounds to go along with it.
"We had to take advantage of our height," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "[Brandt] started off slowly, but once he got going, the floodgates opened. He looked comfortable, he felt comfortable and when he banged that three it reminded me of one of the old Angus shots."
Nelson played well down the stretch for Oregon State (8-4), adding five rebounds and six assists. He also cashed in on 7-of-8 from the line, helping the Beavers shoot 81.8 percent from the stripe.
Hallice Cooke scored a career-high 12 points, marking the first time that he has scored in double-figures in his young Oregon State career. The freshman also plugged four rebounds and two assists into his final stat line.
Oregon State outscored the Bobcats 10-5 off turnovers which helped the Beavers put away a scrappy Quinnipiac (6-5) squad. The Beavers committed a season-low eight turnovers in the game.
Devon Collier was efficient from the field, tallying 11 points after converting on 5-of-9 attempts. The big man grabbed three boards and dished out two assists for the Beavers.
Langston Morris-Walker made his first career start as a Beaver, finishing the night withfive points. Late in the second half, Morris-Walker drove to the rim and converted on a hoop and harm to give the Beavers a 56-51 lead and get the crowd of 3,297 on its feet with less than eight minutes to play.
Umar Shannon finished the night with 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats also found production from Ike Azotam, who added 17 points and Ousmane Drame who posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Quinnipiac came out of the gate firing, taking an early 11-6 lead with 15:55 left to play in the opening stanza. The Beavers would respond, taking a 14-13 lead at the 11:57 mark after Collier converted on a layup under the hoop.
Brandt drilled a three-ball in the eye of his defender with 8:08 remaining in the first period that gave Oregon State a 23-18 lead. By the end of the half, Brandt had already tallied 17 points and three rebounds, cashing in on 7-of-9 attempts from the floor.
Cooke showed his range in the first frame, nailing a deep three-pointer at the 5:04 mark to give the Beavers a 30-25 lead. On the next offensive possession, Cooke sped down the floor and hit a midrange jumper from the wing, giving Oregon State a 32-25 advantage.
Nelson also put his sharpshooting on display in the first stanza, cashing in on a decisive three-pointer with 2:09 on the clock, giving the Beavers their largest lead of the half, 39-29.
After the first 20 minutes of play, Oregon State led 39-29 after converting on 16-of-29 shots. The Beavers dominated inside during the first half, outscoring Quinnipiac 18-6 in the paint. Oregon State also held the Bobcats to 29.4 percent shooting in the opening frame, only allowing 10-of-34 shots to find the back of the net.
Oregon State extended its lead to 12 with 16:34 on the clock in the second frame after Collier got a tip-in to fall off of a Nelson miss. The Bobcats would not quit though, chipping away at the Beavers lead over the next five minutes of play. Quinnipiac took a 50-47 lead behind a 15-0 run and eight consecutive missed shots by Oregon State.
Challe Barton answered the call, ending the Oregon State drought after getting a corner three-ball to fall at the 11:29 mark, tying the game up at 50. Collier reclaimed the lead for the Beavers at the line, converting on a free-throw with 10:59 remaining.
Cooke made it rain from deep once again, draining a three with 7:27 left to play in the contest, giving the Beavers a 12-1 run and a 59-51 lead. Nelson followed suit at the 5:11 mark, converting on a three of his own, bringing the Oregon State lead to 64-55.
The Beavers would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the night, despite Quinnipiac bringing the game to within five, 69-64, with 1:30 remaining. Oregon State took advantage of hustle on both ends of the court in the final minute, not allowing the Bobcats to climb their way back into the game.
Up next, the Beavers tip off the New Year on the road, facing Colorado on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT) in their first Pac-12 Conference matchup of the season. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.