COLLEGE HOOPS: Beavers, Ducks, Pilots all win at home
Angus Brandt leads OSU; Liz Brenner back as Oregon scores 130; UP women surge in final minute
Angus Brandt scored 27 points, his career high, to lead Oregon State over Towson 76-67 Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
The 6-10 senior from Australia made 10 of 15 shots form the field as the Beavers improved to 6-2 and Towson fell to 7-5.
OSU heads to Honolulu for the eight-team Diamond Head Classic. The Beavers' first game is against Akron at 4:30 p.m. PT Sunday (ESPNU).
The Oregon women rolled past Southern 130-90 Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Jillian Alleyne's 29-point, 18-rebound effort led the Ducks (7-2) to their fifth win in a row.
Oregon finished one point shy of its season high for points in a game. The Ducks are averaging 104.2 per game.
UO used all 15 players, 14 of whom scored, with the bench providing 47 points against Southern (3-4).
The list included Liz Brenner, Oregon's volleyball standout, who had just joined the hoops team. She scored 18 seconds after entering the game and finished 2 of 2 from the field and 4 of 4 at the free-throw line.
Oregon was 38.2 percent from the field but made 36 of 45 free throws to better their Pac-12-leading 75.4 percent rate coming into the game.
Oregon returns to Matt Knight at 7 p.m. Friday to face Cal Poly.
The Portland Pilots beat Cal Poly 83-76 Wednesday night at Chiles Center.
Portland took the lead in the final minute on Cassandra Brown's layup and forced two key late turnovers.
UP (6-4) snapped a four-game winning streak by the Mustangs (6-5).
Brown led the way with 21 points.
After Alexis Byrd's pass gave Brown the cutting layup for a 77-76 lead, the Mustangs threw the ball out of bounds. Then Cassandra Thompson made a layup to give the Pilots a 79-76 edge with 30 seconds to go.
Byrd made a steal and sank two free throws with 11 seconds left, and Thompson added two free throws.
UP was 24 of 27 at the foul line and had 10 turnovers to 16 by Cal Poly.
Portland's next game is against Portland State, 2 p.m. Saturday.