Junior guard Malcolm Duvivier scored a game-high points and Oregon State stretched its home winning streak to nine games by grinding out a 55-47 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
The Beavers (10-4, 1-1) led virtually wire-to-wire in capturing their Pacific-12 Conference opener before an appreciative crowd of 4,603. They led for by the final 36:31 and made 11 of 12 free throws in the last 5:34 to keep ASU (8-7, 0-2) at bay.
Junior guard Gary Payton II added 12 points and junior guard Victor Robbins added 10 for the Beavers. Duvivier also had five rebounds and five assists; junior forward Daniel Gomis added five rebounds and three blocked shots and Payton added five rebounds and two steals.
They outrebounded the taller Sun Devils 34-24, held ASU to 4-of-21 (.190) shooting from 3-point range and hit 20 of 25 free throws.
“For our team it's very simple,” OSU assistant coach Stevie Thompson said. “If we rebound and defend we are usually in good shape always have a chance to win.
“We got back to that tonight,” after deviating from the game plan this past Saturday in a 71-59 loss at Oregon in their Pac-12 opener. “That has to be the emphasis and the staple of this team from here on out.
“When we do those things, and pay attention to the scouting report and the details, we'll have a chance. The guys were fighting. When you give your all and are fighting on every possession you'll get second chances.
“We got to the foul line. That's a product of our effort.”
Added Robbins: “We followed the game plan. Coach Thompson had the scout and he told us exactly who the shooters were. We couldn't let them get in a groove.
“Everybody crashed the boards. It wasn't just one person, our guards [rebounded] like they usually do,” and combined for 15 boards.
The Beavers fell behind 10-0 at Eugene in their previous loss, but that slow start wasn't repeated on Thursday. They spotted the Sun Devils 2-0 and 4-2 leads before going ahead for good, 5-4, on a stickback by Olaf Schaftenaar 16:31 remaining in the first half.
It was the only basket of the game for Schaftenaar, a junior forward who was OSU's second-leading scorer (10.8 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (4.0 rpg) entering the game. He tweaked his right ankle with 13:36 remaining, did not return and played a season-low 19 minutes.
OSU led 35-27 when he left the game. It stretched the lead to a game-high 10 (42-32) with 8:45 to play, and then held off several runs at the lead. The Sun Devils got within 44-41 with 3:57 remaining, but Duvivier answered with two free throws with 3:29 to play and Robbins scored a layup with 1:53 remaining for a 48-41 lead and ASU couldn't get closer than five points thereafter.
Duvivier also made two free throws with 1:16 left and two more with 1:02 remaining to keep OSU comfortably ahead. He was 10 of 11 from the line altogether.
“We've been pretty good at the free-throw line all year,” Robbins said.
The Beavers had 12 offensive rebounds and outscored ASU 15-6 on second-chance points.
The Beavers resume Pac-12 action at 7 p.m. Sunday when they host No. 7 Arizona at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.