Oregon State snapped its three-game losing streak and preserved its postseason tournament hopes with a 68-57 win Thursday at Gill Coliseum.
It looks as if the Beavers (14-11, 6-7) are closing in on a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, which would be a significant step for them. OSU hasn’t been to the NIT since 2005. Under Robinson, OSU has made three trips to the College Basketball Invitational tournaments and he said the Beavers won’t accept another CBI bid. And OSU hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since Gary Payton took them there in 1990.
Oregon State is also looking to reach .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1990.
Washington plays at OSU 1 p.m. Saturday. The Huskies (14-13, 6-8) chartered a flight home to Seattle following Wednesday’s 78-71 loss at Oregon. After today’s practice, UW will fly to Corvallis, Ore.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It was the fifth straight loss for Washington State, which is still looking for its 10th win. The Cougars are 9-17 and 2-12.
— Chasson Randle scored 18 points to lead Stanford to its fourth win in five games and a season sweep against USC following Thursday’s 80-59 victory at Maples Pavilion. Dwight Powell added 14 points and Josh Huestis had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Cardinal (17-8, 8-5), who head into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 23 UCLA on a roll.
— USC’s leading scorer Byron Wesley did not make the Bay Area trip and remained in Los Angeles after violating unspecified team rules. Pe’Shon Howard scored 13 and Julian Jacobs added 11 for the Trojans (10-16, 1-12), who have lost seven straight games under first-year coach Andy Enfield.
— Former Washington standout Spencer Hawes was traded from Philadelphia to Cleveland.