The Oregon State Men’s Basketball was close to picking up a key conference win over Stanford. The Beavers were up 5 with 3 minutes left in the game, but a Cardinal comeback sent the game to overtime, where Stanford prevailed 88-84. The Beavers fall to 9-7 overall, and 1-4 in conference play.
Stanford led for much of the first half, but late in the period Oregon State began to pull even. Dexter Akanno gave the Beavers the lead with a 3 with 3:09 left in the half, and by the time they went to the locker room Oregon State was up 5, 39-34.
The Beaver lead grew to 12 early in the second half, with Jordan Pope leading the charge with 6 points in the first five minutes. Stanford began chipping away at the OSU lead however, and as the minutes grew scarce, the lead shrank into the single digits. With 1:22 left on the clock the Cardinal took the lead with a Kanaan Carlyle jumper. Michael Rataj then tied things up for the Beavers with a free throw in the final seconds to send the game to OT.
Stanford took the lead early with a pair of free throws from Kanaan Carlyle. The Beavers took the lead back with a KC Ibekwe free throw and a Tyler Bilodeau jumper, but Stanford then began to pull away. The Cardinal went on a 10-1 run over the next few minutes to take an 8 point lead with less than a minute left in the period. Jordan Pope and Tyler Bilodeau hit some big shots to get the Beavers back in the game, but there wasn’t enough time for a comeback, and Stanford took the W 88-84.
Pope led the Beavers in scoring, with 21 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Tyler Bilodeau was next with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Dexter Akanno was right behind him with 14 points and 2 rebounds.
Oregon State has a weak off before they have hit the road and take on a Utah team that just absolutely pasted UCLA 90-44. That game is set for Thursday, January 18th, with a 6:00 tip off.