Oregon State hands Cardinal 81-72 loss

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CORVALLIS— Eric Moreland had 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as Oregon State beat Stanford 81-72 on Thursday night.

Roberto Nelson added 21 points for the Beavers (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12), and freshman Hallice Cooke, making his first career start, had a career-high 16 points.

Chasson Randle scored 30 points for Stanford (9-5, 0-2).

Moreland was back for his third game after a 12-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. Already one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in school history, he was more active in driving to the hoop on Thursday.

“The first two were tough ones and I couldn’t help the team win as much as I wanted to. . I just wanted to bounce back this game,” Moreland said. “I wanted to be aggressive.”

“It’s really nice to see his feel for the game coming back,” said Oregon State coach Craig Robinson.

The Beavers took a quick 12-6 lead behind seven points from Nelson, but Stanford clawed back to go ahead 13-12.

Midway through the first half, Angus Brandt’s massive rebound-dunk started the Beavers on a 10-0 run, and they went up 27-18. Brandt finished with 12 points.

The Beavers were ahead by as many as 10 before going into the break ahead 37-32.

In the second half, the Beavers quickly pushed the lead again to 10 points, but Stanford came within two points on three occasions.

The last was on a layup by Randle, who was fouled on the play, at the 2:59 mark. He made the free throw and made the score 68-66.

Cooke responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession for Oregon State.

“We closed the gap and it was just about getting a stop and we couldn’t get that tonight,” Randle said. “They scored 80-some points. That can’t be us.”

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