CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Roberto Nelson scored 22 points and Oregon State opened the season with a 102-83 victory over Niagara in the 2K Sports Classic on Friday night.
Ahmad Starks and Angus Brandt scored 18 points each for the Beavers, who had six players in double figures. Eric Moreland added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Marvin Jordan scored 17 points for the Purple Eagles, who trailed by as many as 25 points in the second half. It was the first-ever meeting between Niagara and Oregon State.
The Beavers reached the 100-point mark in the opener after scoring 100 or more points four times last season, a school record. Niagara head coach Joe Mihailch told www.purpleeagles.com "Obliviously we were overmatched tonight," head coach Joe Mihalich said. "We played a Pac-12 team that won 21 games and returned 4 starters. I was somewhat please with our offense, but disappointed with our defense. We have a lot of work to do on both end of the floor but especially on the defensive end."
Niagara opens its home season Tuesday night against St. Francis. Tipoff is scheduled for 7-pm at the Gallagher Center.