CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Roberto Nelson scored 24 points and tied a career high with seven assists as Oregon State beat Portland 79-73 Wednesday night.
Angus Brandt added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers (1-1), and Devon Collier had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ryan Nicholas had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pilots (1-1), but shot 5 of 16 from the field. Bobby Sharp, a junior college transfer, came off the bench and added 18 points for Portland, making five 3-pointers.
The Beavers scored 11 straight points in the first half to take a 20-10 lead. Brandt had five points during the run.
Oregon State led 41-33 at halftime, but the Pilots tied the game 59-59 on a layup by Thomas van der Mars with 7:50 left.
The Beavers built a lead of eight points on a Nelson 3-pointer with 2:20 left and were able to hold off the visitors.