Angus Brandt scored a career-high 27 points as host Oregon State beat Towson, 76-67, Wednesday night and avenged an upset loss in overtime to the Tigers a year ago.
Devon Collier added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Beavers (6-2), who shot 45.5 percent from the field after entering the game leading the nation at 54.9 percent. Roberto Nelson, the nation's third-leading scorer at 24.7 points a game, was ejected in the first half for throwing a punch at Marcus Damas of Towson.
Mike Burwell scored a career-high 20 points for Towson (7-5). Damas contributed 14 points, Jerrelle Benimon finished with 11 and Four McGlynn had 10 for the Tigers.
Collier, Nelson and fellow starter Challe Barton each picked up two fouls in the first nine minutes of the game, but the Beavers never trailed. With the score tied at 20 at the midway point of the opening half, Oregon State followed with 10 unanswered points and eventually took a 41-29 lead into the half.
The Tigers didn't fade away after falling behind by 21 points with just over 10 minutes remaining. They pulled within single digits with 5:10 left, but the Beavers sealed the win by shooting 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final 1:02.
Morgan State 85, High Point 74: Two big runs were all the Bears needed to win their first game following an 11-day layoff.
Morgan State (3-7) took control with a 17-2 spurt in the second half.
Guard Justin Black paced Morgan State's balanced attack with 23 points, while 7-foot-2 senior center Ian Chiles added 18 and guard Anthony Hubbard scored 13 points. Guard Blake Bozeman tallied 12 points.
Redshirt freshman forward John Brown scored a game-high 26 points for the Panthers (3-6).
High Point guard Devante Wallace (Dunbar), one of four players from Baltimore who were making a homecoming, added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Morgan State led 33-32 with 1:53 left in the first half and used a 10-4 run to open up a seven-point halftime lead.
After High Point drew within 55-53 early in the second half, the Bears broke it open with a spurt that pushed the lead to 17 points. The Panthers cut the deficit to eight in the last four minutes but didn't seriously threaten after that.
High Point visits forward C.J. Fair (City) and No. 2 Syracuse on Friday, while the Bears are idle until a Dec. 27 trip to Cal State Northridge.
Stevenson 89, Marywood 65: Erik Fisher scored a career-high 14 points and Stefon McCray came off the bench to add 12 points as the host Mustangs (7-1) won their fourth straight.
The Pacers dropped to 3-5. Stevenson shot 57.6 percent from the field and had 12 players score.
Christopher Newport 56, Salisbury 47: Charles Porter scored 20 points in a losing effort for the visiting Sea Gulls (2-4, 0-2 Capital Athletic Conference).
The Captains (8-1, 2-0) outrebounded Salisbury 30-17 and led 28-8 at halftime.
Morgan State 69, Towson 63: Tracey Carrington (Dundalk) scored 30 of her career- and game-high 35 points in the second half to lead the Bears (2-7) past the host Tigers (5-5).
Morgan State, which trailed 30-24 at the break and by as much as 12 points in the second half, ended a five-game losing streak and avenged last season's four-point loss at Towson.
Carrington, who shot just 1-for-7 in the first half, finished 8-for-19 from the field and connected on 18 of 19 from the free-throw line. The Baltimore native also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Danielle Forrest added 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting, all from 3-point range.
double with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. McTiller also added team and game highs in assists with six and steals with two. Dominique Johnson added 18 points, while Nyree Williams had a game-high three blocks and tied McTiller with a game-high 12 rebounds to help the Tigers outrebound Morgan State
Christopher Newport 78, Salisbury 68: Anna Hackett scored a game-high 21 points, but the Sea Gulls (4-3, 1-1 CAC) lost to the Captains (7-2, 2-0).
Hackett went 6-for-10 from the field in the first half for 14 points, and 11-of-18 from the floor for the contest.
The Captains took control of the game with an 11-0 run over the first 2:45. The Sea Gulls got onto the board when junior Becca Himes took a pass from classmate Sarah Seipp and put home a layup to start the scoring for the Gulls.
Salisbury battled back, pulling within 23-17 with 8:34 left when Seipp slashed through the Captains defense for a layup. Christopher Newport countered with a 14-2 run over the next 3:33.
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