Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - Roberto Nelson scored 22 points as the Oregon State Beavers ran past the Niagara Purple Eagles, 102-83, in a 2K Sports Classic matchup at Gill Coliseum.
Ahmad Starks and Angus Brandt each had 18 points for Oregon State (1-0) and combined for 15 rebounds. Eric Moreland was a force on the inside with 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Joe Burton added 10 points.
Five different players were in double figures for Niagara (0-1) led by Marvin Jordan with 17. Juan'ya Green (14), Ameen Tanksley (12), T.J. Cline (11) and Antoine Mason (10) also reached double figures. Green had a team-high nine assists as well.
Oregon State came out of the gates on fire hitting on 57.6 percent of its first half shot attempts including 8-for-13 from beyond the arc. Niagara shot well from three-point range (9-for-16) but not particularly well overall (38.5 percent) in the first half and trailed 53-39 at the break.
The Beavers kept it up in the second half connecting on 55.9 percent of their shot attempts while Niagara fell behind at 37.8 percent.
Oregon State dominated on the inside outscoring Niagara 48-16 on points in the paint while collecting 52 rebounds. Niagara held the edge in points off turnovers (19-6).
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