CORVALLIS, Ore. - Roberto Nelson scored a game high-tying 25 points and Devon Collier added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Oregon State could not hold on late in the second half to take down No. 3 Arizona, falling 74-69 at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The Beavers played with intensity, fed by the raucous crowd and Beaver Dam. With six minutes remaining, the Beavers held a 62-61 lead, but saw it fall away as Arizona (28-2, 15-2 Pac-12) capitalized on opportunities late in the game, putting away a motivated Oregon State (15-14, 7-10 Pac-12) squad.
Oregon State was crippled by 17 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Wildcats in a game that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes.
"First and foremost, I am so proud of the way the team played tonight," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "The way they kept fighting in really adverse circumstances here at home was great. It was a great crowd, student section and environment for a college basketball game. Our guys held up their end of their end of the bargain, sticking to the game plan and it's a nice feeling when the number three team in the country is adjusting to us."
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