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OSU Men’s Basketball: Another tough game for the Beavers, this time at Pullman | Basketball

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Another close game, another tough loss for Oregon State.

The Beavers found their way back to a late 11-point deficit on Thursday night, only to fall a few fewer in their 16th straight loss.

After OSU shut down in under two, Michael Flowers hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to give the host Cougars a 71-67 victory in a Pac-12 men’s basketball game at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.

Maurice Calloo tied a career-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds for the Beavers (3-26, 1-18), who end the regular season Saturday in Washington.

Dexter Akanno added 12 points, Jarod Lucas 11 points, Ahmad Rand 10 points and Roman Silva eight points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

TJ Bamba had 16 points and eight rebounds for Washington State (17-13, 10-9).

The Cougars scored 12 straight points in the first half and seven in a row in the second, but the shorthanded Beavers didn’t go away.

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“We responded to those two runs, but we just went a little short,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said in a postgame radio interview.

Five straight points from Flowers gave the Cougars a five-point lead with 12:50 to go, marking the biggest lead for either team since the Beavers led by eight at the end of the first half.

Rand, limited in the first half by fouls, scored an offensive rebound, hit a 3-pointer and then landed an assist from Glenn Taylor Jr. to tie the game at 49-all with 9:18 remaining.

WSU came back with the next seven points, the last seven by Bamba, to regain control.

OSU responded with a Lucas base jumper and a Calloo 3-pointer to bring it down to two. But the Cougars used a 10-3 on a two-minute stretch, going up 66-57 with 3:44 to go, to put pressure on the Beavers.

Washington State would go up 11 before Oregon State used an 8-1 run, capped by a 3-point Akanno with 1:19 left, to close in the four. After a 3-point airball attempt from Flowers, Akanno hit a short jumper with 26 seconds remaining.

Oregon State 24 of 58 overall, 9 of 20 3-pointers and 10 of 14 free throws. Washington State was 24 of 62, 9 of 23 and 14 of 19, respectively.

Oregon State was down to just six scholarship players and one walk-out Thursday and played six. Forward Warith Alatishe (knees) and point guard Dashawn Davis were unavailable.

The teams were meeting for the second time in four days.

Playing against the Cougars on Monday at Corvallis, the Beavers led by 13 in the second half before finally losing 103-97 in overtime. It was Oregon State’s third game in five days and its second overtime loss in that streak.

Oregon State survived a 12-0 run late in the first half by Washington State to go into halftime even at 32-all.

The Cougars scored the first seven points of the game, but the Beavers then went on a 9-0 streak with four different players to lead 12-8.

A 7-0 run — on a Silva hook, two Calloo free throws and a Taylor 3-pointer — gave OSU a 25-16 lead. The Beavers led 28-20 when the Cougars scored the next 12 points in over three minutes.

But Calloo’s four free throws provided either team’s only goal in the final three minutes of the half. Oregon State failed to score a field goal in the final six minutes and managed to tie the game at the break.

Calloo had 12 points and Silva six points and seven rebounds at halftime.

Jesse Sowa can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter, @JesseSowaGT.