Beavers Open Season With Comeback Win Over Tulsa
CORVALLIS - The Oregon State men's basketball team overcame a 19-point deficit to open the season with a 73-70 victory over Tulsa Monday evening at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers scored the first 14 points of the second half to help erase a 16-point Golden Hurricane halftime lead. Overall, Oregon State outscored Tulsa 45-26 in the second half.
Jordan Pope led the Beavers with 19 points in his Oregon State debut, while Dexter Akanno finished with 18 points. Glenn Taylor Jr. tallied 16 points and five rebounds, while Dzmitry Ryuny rounded out a quartet of Beavers in double-figures with 11 points and six boards.
Rodrigue Andela led the Beavers with nine rebounds, while Chol Marial tallied four blocks.
As a team, OSU shot 50 percent from the floor, while holding Tulsa to 36.4 percent shooting.
Oregon State used an early 6-0 run to go in front 11-4 four minutes into the contest. Tulsa answered with 15 unanswered points to go in front 22-13.
The Golden Hurricane added to their advantage from there, heading to the intermission up 44-28.
Taylor led the Beavers with eight first-half points.
Oregon State exploded out of the gates in the second half, scoring the first 14 points of the frame, powered by a pair of Pope 3-pointers, to cut the deficit to two.
The teams traded punches from there, before the Beavers were able to tie the score up at 59 with 5:31 to play. Oregon State took the lead shortly thereafter, and went in front by five with just under two minutes to go. OSU was able to continue the battle from there, taking the win by three.
The Beavers will be back at home on Friday when Florida A&M visits Gill Coliseum.
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