Senior center Angus Brandt scored a career-high 27 points to lead Oregon State to a 76-67 victory over Towson on Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
Brandt was one of two players who scored in double figures for Oregon State (6-2), which won three in a row. Senior forward Devon Collier had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Senior guard Mike Burwell scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures for Towson (7-5), which lost three of four. Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Oregon State made eight of its first nine field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer by freshman guard Hallice Cooke that put the Beavers up 20-12 with 14:47 remaining in the opening period. Collier had seven points in the first seven minutes, but he left the game after picking up his second foul with 12:55 to play in the half.
The Beavers missed their next seven shots, allowing the Tigers to chip away at the lead. Damas knocked down a pair of jumpers, sparking an 8-0 run that tied the game at 20 with 10:49 to go. Collier returned to the game moments later and Oregon State regained control, mounting an 11-1 run to take a 33-21 lead. The Beavers led by as many as 16 before taking a 41-29 lead into the locker room at the break.
Oregon State extended its lead to 21 when sophomore swingman Victor Robbins made a layup to put the Beavers up 55-34 midway through the second half. The Tigers battled back to cut the deficit to six on a 3-pointer by Damas with 33.3 seconds left and again on a 3-point play by Benimon with 25.9 seconds to go, but they couldn't get any closer.