During the Pac-12 game that took place on Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State defeated Southern California by a score of 86-70. The victory was led by sophomore Tyler Bilodeau, who scored a career-high 26 points, and Jordan Pope, who tallied 20 points and six assists.
The Oregon State Beavers (9-4, 1-1 Pac-12) won for the sixth time in the last seven games thanks to the contributions of Dexter Akanno, who scored 18 points.
The Beavers scored an impressive 59.6 percent from the field, including 8 of 17 shots from outside the arc, which is 47.1 percent, and they led by as many as 23 points at one point after the game.
— Tyler Bilodeau (@TylerBilodeau34) August 6, 2021
Boogie Ellis led the way for USC (6-7, 0-2), which suffered its fifth consecutive loss in its last six games. Ellis nailed four three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead the way.
Bronny James, a freshman for the Trojans, scored a season-high 15 points while shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 20 minutes of playing time off the bench. His return following a treatment to treat a congenital heart issue resulted in his playing in his sixth game since taking the procedure.
The University of Southern California accomplished 50.9% of its shots and made 10 of 26 (38.5%) of its shots from beyond the arc.
Oregon State committed 21 turnovers, while the Trojans had 20. Both teams were sloppy with the ball, and both teams committed turnovers. When it came to rebounds, the Beavers claimed a 28-18 advantage.
A little after the halfway mark of the second half, the Trojans were trailing by 23 points, but they quickly made a comeback and took the lead.
Ellis and James each made a three-point shot 42 seconds apart to cap off a 10-2 run that drew USC to within 69-57 with 4 minutes and 35 seconds left on the clock.
With three minutes and forty-three seconds remaining, James made another three-point shot, bringing the Oregon State lead down to 71-61.
Despite this, the Beavers scored the next eight points, with Akanno scoring the final five points, which brought the score to 79-61 with 1:30 remaining in the game.
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With 1 minute and 8 seconds left on the clock, Bilodeau made a three-point shot, bringing the Beavers’ score to 83-63 and ensuring their victory.
While carrying a 39-30 lead into the break, Oregon State shot 66.7 percent from the field during the first half of the game. The Trojans had a fifty percent shooting percentage. In the first half, both teams committed a total of 14 turnovers.
Following the Beavers’ successful completion of the first four points of the half, they went on to score the first eleven points of the second half. Pope scored seven points during the second-half onslaught, including a three-pointer that established Oregon State as the winner with a score of 50-30 with 15 minutes and 15 seconds left in the game.
Bilodeau scored seven points during a 14-2 run that allowed Oregon State to maintain a 64-41 lead with 9:44 remaining in the game. This occurred after the Trojans had come within 11 points with 13:30 remaining.