Oregon State cruises past Utah for 82-64 victoryUtah head coach Larry Krystkowiak watches from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Roberto Nelson had 26 points and five rebounds, and Oregon State pulled away from Utah in the second half for an 82-64 win Wednesday night.
Joe Burton added 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists for Oregon State (12-11, 2-8 Pac-12), which recorded its highest point total in a conference game this season.
Brandon Taylor had a season-high 21 points and six assists, and Jarred DuBois scored 20 points, for Utah (10-12, 2-8).
Oregon State bumped its nine-point halftime lead to 18 less than 7 minutes into the second half. The Beavers scored eight straight points, the last two on a Challe Barton lay-in off a Burton assist with 13:20 left, to make it 47-29.
Utah came back with a 12-2 run, the last five points by Taylor, to close within 49-41. Nelson scored the next five points to give Oregon State a 13-point lead with 8:52 remaining.