By GARY HOROWITZ (The Associated Press)
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Tyler Bilodeau scored a career-high 27 points and Jordan Pope added 20 to lead host Oregon State to an 86-70 victory Saturday night over USC.
Oregon State (9-4, 1-1 Pac-12) scored the first 11 points of the second half, culminating with Pope’s 3-point basket to extend the lead to 50-30 with 15:13 left. play.
USC (6-7, 0-2 Pac-12) responded with a 9-0 run, but the Beavers quickly regained control and held a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
After blowing a halftime lead in Thursday’s loss to UCLA, the Beavers were determined not to let that happen again.
“We wanted to make sure we kept our foot on the gas,” Pope said. “We wanted to win the first four minutes of the second half and go from there.”
KC Ibekwe’s three-point play gave Oregon State its largest lead at 64-41 midway through the second half.
Bronny James was one of USC’s few bright spots with a game-high 15 points. Playing in his fifth game since his collegiate debut on December 6, James made an immediate impact.
The freshman guard entered the game at 12:17 of the first half and, within seconds, had a steal at midcourt that he converted into a three-point play.
James had another steal late in the first half and dribbled the length of the court for a slam dunk.
James, who is LeBron James’ eldest son, finished 6 of 11 from the field in a season-high 20 minutes, made two 3-pointers and had two assists and a steal. He continues to play on a minutes restriction since suffering a cardiac arrest during practice on July 24.
“Bronny gave us great energy coming off the bench,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “He was aggressive, he was confident and made good plays.”
Enfield added that he was comfortable playing James more minutes “as long as he can keep that energy.” I thought he did a great job tonight.
James was not made available to the media after the game.
Boogie Ellis, who scored 20 points to lead the Trojans, was also encouraged by James’ performance.
“To see what he went through and come back and play like that, it shows how great he is,” Ellis said. »
OSU led 39-30 at the break behind 11 points from Bilodeau and 10 from Pope.
Both teams committed 14 turnovers in a sloppy first half. Isaiah Collier, the Trojans’ second-leading scorer, had two points and four turnovers in the first half. He finished with seven points.
Dexter Akanno had 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and made 3-of-3 from behind the arc for the Beavers.
U.S.C.: The Trojans have lost five of their last six games and are off to a slow start in the Pac-12. Three straight conference home games should help.
Oregon State: Oregon State is just two wins away from matching last season’s total.
U.S.C.: The Trojans will host California on Wednesday.
Oregon State: The Beavers will be in Washington State on Thursday
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