Oregon State defended their home court with a 66-62 win over Nevada. With the win the Beavers improve to 4-1 at home and 6-1 overall. The loss drop the Wolfpack to 1-3 on the road and 5-3 overall. The Beavers were lead by star Gary Payton ll who had 16 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist. Malcolm Duvivier was the only other starter in double figures with 11. Oregon State bench played a big role as they added 25 points and 11 from guard Stephan Thompson Jr. The Wolfpack were lead by D.J. Fenner who had 24 points.
It took the Beavers to the 16:44 mark to score their first points of the game to tie it off of a Gary Payton ll dunk. It looked like the Beavers would be playing behind most of the game before a Olaf Schaftenaar three to give them their first lead of the game 10-8. The Wolfpack, however, didn't lay down as they took a five point lead 20-15 with 6:53 left in the half.
The Beavers tied the game at 22 with a three from Malcolm Duvivier. Then went on a eight point run to give them a 30-22. As the first half ended, it finally looked like the Beavers had a little breathing room with an 30-24 halftime lead.
To open up the second half the Wolfpack's D.J. Fenner and Marqueze Coleman made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to two. Olaf Schaftenaar made a layup to end Nevada's mini-run. Nevada's D.J. Fenner hit a three to tie the game. Tenner kept the Wolfpack in the game himself as he scored their next nine points, including the three and in turn gave them the lead.
Oregon State found themselves down three before going on another eight point run to take a five point lead. After the run the Beavers never gave back the lead. The Wolfpack cut the lead to one several times as the Beavers fought not give it up. With 1:47 left in the game Stephen Thompson Jr. hit a three to extend their lead to 65-59. The Wolfpack hit a three to cut into the lead 65-62. Schaftenaar was one of two free throw attempts to give the Beavers 66-62 lead. Nevada attempted two three pointers, missing both to give the Beavers the 66-62 win.
With an exciting home win, the Beavers would love to build on that success when they host Kansas the 4th ranked team in the nation next Saturday at 8pm ET on ESPN 2.