Beavs rally, but lose late to USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Fuller's only basket, a layup with 4.8 seconds remaining, gave USC a 69-68 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
The lead changed hands eight times in the final 2:52. Eric Moreland fed Joe Burton for a layup with 12.6 seconds to play to give Oregon State (10-9, 0-5 Pac-12) a 68-67 lead.
Devon Collier's game-winning attempt was blocked by Eric Wise as time ran out.
Byron Wesley scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half, and Wise added 18 points for the Trojans (8-11, 3-3). J.T. Terrell, who passed to Fuller for the game winner, scored 11 points.
Roberto Nelson scored a season-high tying 26 points for the Beavers, who overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to take a 49-48 lead with 11:52 remaining. Burton and Collier scored 16 points apiece.
The win was the first of the most recent interim stint for Trojans coach Bob Cantu, elevated after the school fired Kevin O'Neill on Monday. Cantu previously served as interim coach in 2011.
Moreland and Victor Robbins returned to the Oregon State lineup after missing three games for violating team rules. Moreland had three points, eight rebounds, the late assist and three turnovers, one of which led to a late USC go-ahead score. Robbins played one minute.
The game was close until late in the first half, when six different USC players scored on the way to a half-closing 15-7 run and 39-31 halftime lead.
USC opened the second half by scoring seven straight points for a 15-point lead that led to an Oregon State timeout. The Beavers answered by outscoring USC 16-2 over the next 6:20 for a 49-48 lead. The Trojans didn't score for 5:40.
From there, no team led by more than four points. Collier's offensive rebound on his own miss gave OSU a 62-61 lead with 2:26 to play.
Wise put USC back on top with two free throws with 2:02 left, and the Beavers responded with Collier finding Burton down low for a layup and a 64-63 lead.
Wesley dribbled through traffic and scored a layup with 1:14 to go, and Nelson answered with a jumper to put the Beavers back on top with 45 seconds remaining.
Wise stole an inbound pass that Moreland couldn't handle and scored for a 67-66 lead with 26 seconds left.