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Times are getting desperate for the 9th and 11 place teams in the Pac-12.

Roberto Nelson became the first Beaver since Gary Payton to post seasons with more than 500 points scored last Sunday, and will need to keep up that pace for Oregon St. to defeat Washington St. tonight.
Roberto Nelson became the first Beaver since Gary Payton to post seasons with more than 500 points scored last Sunday, and will need to keep up that pace for Oregon St. to defeat Washington St. tonight.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Washington St. (9-16, 2-11) at Oregon St. (13-11, 5-7) / Gill Coliseum / 6 PM PST / PAC-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / Washington St. Game Notes / Rosters

Oregon St. returns home for a weekend series with their neighbors to the north, beginning with a visit by Washington St.

The Cougars have lost 4 in a row since beating Washington in the Pullman edition of the Apple Cup, and 8 of their last 9 contests. Washington St. was competitive in the first of last weekend's losses to the Bay Area schools though, only losing to California 86-82 in overtime. But against Stanford, things got away from the Cougars, as the Cardinal came away with the 69-56 win.

The Cougars got 14 points from Que Johnson, 13 from DaVonte Lacy, who was out with a rib injury in the first meeting with Oregon St., and 11 from D.J. Shelton. But the three got relatively little support, and couldn't even begin to contain Stanford's Anthony Brown, who lit up Beasley Arena for 30 points.

Notably, against the Bay Area schools, Washington St. coach Ken Bone replaced Jordan Railey and Royce Woolridge, who had been starting for some time, with Junior Longrus and Ike Iroegbu.

The Beavers have dropped 3 in a row on the road since upsetting UCLA 71-67 in their last game at Gill, including a 93-83 defeat against Oregon last Sunday in the Civil War at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

The Ducks capitalized on 4 consecutive Oregon St. turnovers with 3 point baskets, and another after a pair of missed free throws. Oregon's 17-0 run opened a 19 point lead that proved to be too much for the Beavers to overcome, though they did battle back to within 6 points before halftime, within 4 points early in the second half, and twice within 2 points. But Oregon St. never got over the hump, and Oregon made 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch, pulling away to the 10 point win.

Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, led the Beavers, with 18 points, and Eric Moreland had a 17 point, 10 rebound double double.

Oregon St. won the first meeting this season in Pullman, defeating Washington St. 66-55. The Beavers seized the lead early, going up 10 by mid-way in the first half, and held off the Cougars for the 11 point win.

Nelson led everyone in scoring, with 26 points, including making 11 of 15 at the free throw line, edging Shelton, who had a huge night, with 25 points and a game high 10 rebounds.

Angus Brandt had 14 point night, and Johnson added 15 to the Coug total.

A strong finish to the season could earn Oregon St. a post-season berth, but that probably requires a win tonight. Washington St. is running out of time to even become post-season eligible, and any hopes they have surely require a win tonight.

More realistically, the Cougs are just looking to play spoiler, and then probably fire Coach Bone anyway. The Beavers do not want to have bad memories from such an encounter.

An Oregon St. win will give the Beavers their first season sweep of the Cougs since 2006 in the highly competitive series. Tonight will be a turquoise night, as the Beavers will wear their Nike N7 uniforms for the second time this season.

See also CougCenter for their coverage of the contest.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com