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COLLEGE HOOPS: Late burst gives OSU men tourney win over George Mason

PSU goes to 5-4 non-league


MEN'S BASKETBALL

Oregon State (7-3) used a late 10-2 run to defeat George Mason (5-6) 58-54 Monday morning in the Diamond Head Classic at Honolulu's Stan Sheriff Center.

OSU led 20-11 with less than eight minutes to go in the first half, but trailed 29-28 at the break.

In the second half, the teams never were more than four points apart until the final seconds, when the Beavers got in front 58-51. The Patriots hit a 3 with one second to go.

Oregon State took the lead for good at 50-49 with 1:57 remaining on a jumper by Devin Collier.

Collier finished with 15 points, and Roberto Nelson had 17 to lead OSU. Collier was 7 of 9 from the field, and Nelson went 10 of 10 at the free-throw line and 3 of 10 from the floor.

The Beavers played without 6-10 center Angus Brandt, who went down Sunday against Akron with a knee injury and was listed as day-to-day.

Oregon State's final game in the tourney will be on Christmas.

 At Stott Center, Portland State throttled the NAIA Evergreen State Geoducks 98-65 Monday afternoon.

Forward Aaron Moore led the Vikings with 21 points, and point guard Tim Douglas scored 16.

The win pushed PSU's non-league record to 5-4 going into the Vikings' Jan. 2 Big Sky opener at Idaho State.

The Geoducks fell to 1-11 with their 11th consecutive defeat.