Beavers Race Past Nicholls, 83-61
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jarod Lucas made four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to help Oregon State beat Nicholls 83-61 on Tuesday night at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State (2-10), which won the Pac-12 Tournament and advanced to the Elite 8 last season, snapped a 10-game skid dating to a 73-64 win over Portland State in the season opener on Nov. 9.
Warith Alatishe had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots for Oregon State. Dashawn Davis made 4 of 5 from the field and added 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.
The Beavers never trailed, jumped to a 15-5 lead about 7 minutes into the game. Glenn Taylor Jr. converted a three-point play with 10:06 left in the first half to make it 22-11 and Oregon State led by double figures the rest of the way.
Taylor Jr. finished with nine points and Roman Silva had his best game of the season with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
Xzavier Malone-Key got his first start with the Beavers and grabbed seven rebounds. Fellow newcomer Dexter Akanno added five points and four rebounds, and Isaiah Johnson chipped in four points and four boards.
Ty Gordon made six 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Nicholls (8-5). Manny Littles added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Colonels, the defending Southland Conference champions and picked in the preseason poll to repeat this season, wraps up its non-conference schedule on Dec. 29 when they play at Purdue — Nicholls State's sixth Power 5 opponent this season.
Oregon State, which shot 54% (30 of 56) from the field and set a new season high for points in a game, plays Sacramento State next Tuesday — a game re-scheduled earlier this month due to COVID protocols — before beginning Pac-12 play at home against Utah on Dec. 30.
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