Beavers beat Cougars to advance in Pac-12 tourney

Beavers beat Cougars to advance in Pac-12 tourney

Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Oregon State's Ahmad Starks(3) drives to the basket against Washington State's Mike Ladd (2) and D.J. Shelton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Oregon State won 69-64.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Devon Collier scored 19 points, Eric Moreland scored all 11 of his points in the second half and high-scoring Oregon State excelled in a defensive struggle for a 69-64 victory over Washington State in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday.

Joe Burton scored five of his 15 points in the final 3 minutes as the ninth-seeded Beavers (18-13) survived despite getting just four points from Pac-12 scoring leader Jared Cunningham in his worst performance of the season. Oregon State managed just one field goal in the final 7 minutes yet held Washington State without a basket in the final 4:06 to snap a four-game skid against the ninth-seeded Cougars (15-16).

Oregon State will face top-seeded Washington on Thursday.

Cunningham went 1 for 8 and scored just two points in each half, ending his streak of 22 straight double-digit games in a meeting of the conference's top two scorers.

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