Hunt, Lucas Lead Beavers To Third-Straight Pac-12 Road Win
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Gianni Hunt had a career-high tying 17 points, Jarod Lucas scored 13 of his 16 in the second half, and Oregon State beat Utah 75-70 on Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center.
It's the first time the Beavers (14-11, 10-9 Pac-12) have won three-consecutive conference road games since the 2002-03 season (83-74 at USC on Jan. 30; 83-79 at UCLA on Feb. 1; 80-72 at Washington on Feb. 20).
Hunt was 7-of-10 shooting and made 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Warith Alatishe added 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a career-best four steals for Oregon State.
There were 19 lead changes and seven ties, and neither team led by more than six points, before Roman Silva and Ethan Thompson made back-to-back layups and Hunt hit his final 3 in a 58-second span to give OSU the lead for good at 67-60 with 5:34 to play.
Utah (10-12, 7-11 Pac-12) twice trimmed its deficit to two points but Lucas made 3 of 4 free throws in the 23 seconds to seal it.
Timmy Allen had 23 points, five rebounds and six assists for Utah. Alphonso Plummer added 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Oregon State, which shot 53% overall, limited the Utes to just 20 rebounds and outscored them 24-4 in second-chance points.
The Beavers have won four straight against Utah, including a 71-69 win in last year's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, when Lucas hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Oregon State will play its regular-season finale when it hosts No. 25 Oregon at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.
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