Pope, Bilodeau carry Oregon State past Utah, 92-85

Fri, Mar 8, 2024
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Pope, Bilodeau carry Oregon State past Utah, 92-85

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jordan Pope scored 25 points and Tyler Bilodeau had 20 as Oregon State knocked off Utah, 92-85 on Thursday night.

Utah's loss assured Oregon of a top four seed into next week's Pac-12 Conference tournament.

Bilodeau knocked down the first of his five 3-pointers and followed it with a dunk to get Oregon State (13-17, 5-14) started and the Beavers build a 13-point lead by intermission, 46-33. Pope's layup with 4:21 left gave Oregon State a 76-59 lead, but Utah rallied. A thundering dunk by Branden Carlson jump started a 10-3 run to get the Utes within 10 and Carlsen's 3 with 1:39 to go made it 81-74, but the Beavers closed the game out from the free throw line, converting 11 of 13 from the line.

Pope was 7 of 15 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the line, but he was most effective drawing two Utah defenders, then finding an open Bilodeau for an open 3-pointer. Bilodeau knocked down 5 of 7 from beyond the line. Dexter Akanno contributed 18 points.

Brenden Carlson scored a season-high 40 points to lead Utah (18-12, 9-10). Deivon Smth scored 19 points and dished 10 assists and Gabe Madsen contributed 13 points and seven assists.

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Oregon State plays host to Colorado for his regular season finale Saturday. Utah plays at Oregon Saturday.

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