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Oregon State 90, DePaul 59

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Forward Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points, and forward Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points in Oregon State’s 90-59 rout of DePaul on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

Guard Gary Payton II contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Beavers, who never trailed and led by as many as 34 points. Oregon State (8-2) posted its highest point total of the season.

Forward Jamee Crockett paced the Blue Demons (6-4) with 14 points. He was the only player to score in double figures for the losers, who shot 34 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers.

Robbins shot 9-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line for the Beavers, who shot 54.5 percent, including 7-for-16 on 3-point attempts. Schaftenaar made eight of 13 shots from the field and also grabbed six rebounds. Payton hit six of nine shots from the field and was 3-for-3 at the line.

Leading by 20 points at halftime, Oregon State kept rolling after the break, increasing the margin to 63-38 with 12:30 remaining. It was 76-47 four minutes later, and DePaul was never able to turn the momentum its way.

Oregon State used balanced offense and pressure defense to mount a 48-28 advantage at halftime.

Schaftenaar had 13 first-half points, Payton 11 and Robbins 10 for the Beavers, who shot 50 percent from the field, owned the boards 22-11 and forced nine DePaul turnovers.

Crockett had nine points at the break for the Blue Demons.

Schaftenaar had a hot hand early, scoring 11 of Oregon State’s first 13 points, and the Beavers jumped in front 24-8 in the first nine minutes.

The lead was 42-21 after Robbins’ 3-point shot with 3:30 to play in the half.

NOTES: The teams met twice previously, both times in Illinois. DePaul, led by George Mikan, beat Oregon State 59-40 in 1945. Last season, the Blue Demons beat the Beavers 93-81. … DePaul knocked off another Pac-12 opponent, Stanford, 87-72 on Nov. 30. … The Blue Demons head for Honolulu, where they will participate in the eight-team Diamond Head Classic, beginning Monday against Colorado. … Oregon State entered the game ranked seventh nationally in opponents’ field-goal percentage (.342) and 11th in scoring defense (55.0 points per game). … In Oregon State’s 71-43 win over Grambling State on Monday, Gary Payton II achieved the second triple-double in school history with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He joins his father, Gary Payton, who recorded a triple-double against Portland in 1988. They are believed to be the only father-son combination to pull off the feat in NCAA history.

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