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Oregon State Made a Late Rally in Salt Lake City, but Ultimately Fell Short

The Beavers Rally from a 28-point deficit, only to fall short to the Utes 86-78

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Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a career high 30 points to help the Beavers make a late run after trailing by 28 points in the second half. Utah played most of their bench players in the last part of the 2nd half, which was a major factor of the Beavers late comeback. The Beavers trailed the Utah Utes 75-47 with 8:02 left in the game. The Beavs went on a 21-3 run to cut the score to 68-78 with 2:13. The comeback happened a little late as the Beavers ultimately fall to Utah 86-78.

Oregon State never had a lead in the ballgame. The Beavers found themselves down 30-15 with 8:21 left in the first half. The Beavers were able to cut into the lead late in the first half. After a Jaquori McLaughlin three pointer, the Beavers cut the Utes lead to 35-27 with 2:22 left in the first half. Daine Mueller hit a three with 10 seconds left in the first half, but Utah’s Lorenzo Ball hit an off-balance three pointer that gave Utah a 42-30 advantage at the half.

Credit Utah for slowing down Drew Eubanks, as the Sophomore big from Troutdale was limited to 8pts. The Beavers shot a solid 50% from the field, and they shot 9-20 from the three point line. In addition, the Beavers had one of their better performances from the free throw line as they were 17-20 from the charity stripe. However, Utah was able to shoot 56% from the field and shot 50% from the three point line.

The Beavers were able to shoot 50 % or better on this road trip. The Beavers return to Corvallis next week as they host the 7th ranked Arizona Wildcats on Thursday at Gill Coliseum. (6pm on ESPN 2).