CORVALLIS, Ore. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff waited six days longer than scheduled to play Oregon State, but a few minutes after tipoff, UAPB’s game was still missing.
The Golden Lions fought from an early 12-2 deficit to take a three-point lead late in the first half, but the Beavers finally broke their lead wide open and went on to a 77-63 victory Friday night at Gill Coliseum.
UAPB (2-7) has dropped its seventh straight, but put on its best showing against a team from a power conference this season. It was the Lions’ first game in 13 days.
A 20-4 run during a 7-minute span gave the Beavers a 60-42 lead with 10 minutes remaining. UAPB pulled within 69-57 on a Chandler Savage layup with 4:26 left, drawing no closer than that the rest of the way.
The nation’s top scoring tandem in Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier did their part for the Beavers (4-2). Nelson scored a game-high 26 points, hitting 8 of 16 from the field and 8 of 11 free throws, in 36 minutes. Collier made 9 of 10 field goals and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Oregon State continued its impressive shooting, hitting better than 60 percent from the field for the third straight game. Oregon State nailed 27 of 45 shots.
Davon Haynes led the Lions with 18 points and three steals in 36 minutes of work. He converted 8 of 12 field-goal attempts.
Transfer DeAndre McIntyre had his best game with the Lions, scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Tevin Hammond had 10 assists to go with eight points, Marcel Mosley had eight points and two steals, and Sean Tingle contributed six points.
But Daniel Broughton went cold from the floor tonight, as the center made 1 of 9 and had only two points and four rebounds.
UAPB will face another defensive test Tuesday at Creighton, led by All-American forward Doug McDermott (25.3 points per game).