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Cougs Come To Corvallis to Start Second Half of Pac-12 Season

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Gary Payton II and the rest of the Beavers will look to get back on the winning track tonight at Gill Coliseum, where they are unbeaten this season.
Gary Payton II and the rest of the Beavers will look to get back on the winning track tonight at Gill Coliseum, where they are unbeaten this season.
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Washington St. (10-11, 4-5) at Oregon St. (14-7, 5-4) / Gill Coliseum / 7 PM PST / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / Washington St. Game Notes / Rosters

Oregon St. returns home to kick off the second half of the Pac-12 season tonight, after an unsuccessful road trip to the desert last week that saw both of the Arizona schools avenge earlier losses to the Beavers in Gill.

The Beavers played one of their poorest games of the season last Wednesday, losing to Arizona St. 73-55 in Tempe, and though they played better Friday night in Tucson, they ran into now 6th ranked Arizona, and the 'Cats avenged their only conference loss with a 57-34 win. It was the 2nd lowest score of the season posted by Arizona, ahead of only their loss in Corvallis, but it was also Oregon St.'s lowest scoring game since a 2007 blowout loss to UCLA.

Their opponent is Washington St., to start Northwest rematch week. The Cougs will be looking for payback too, having lost 62-47 to the Beavers in Pullman back on Jan. 17th. That was Oregon St.'s only conference road win so far this season, and one of only 2 wins away from Gill for the Beavers.

Oregon St. has on the other hand, won every home game so far, and is unbeaten in a dozen contests.

That loss to the Beavers started the Cougs on a 4 game losing streak, which they finally snapped in their last game, an 89-88 upset of Stanford, after Ny Redding sank a pair of free throws with 5.5 seconds left last Saturday night in Pullman. It was Washington St.'s best win of the year.

All 5 Cougar starters were in double figures, led by DaVonte Lacy, with 25.

It's the 292nd meeting between the Beavers and Cougars, and the win last month in Pullman improved the Beavers edge in the series to 168-123.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com