Towson stuns Oregon State in OT 67-66

Towson stuns Oregon State in OT 67-66 »Play Video

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Damas connected on an 18-foot shot with eight-tenths of a second left to give Towson a shocking 67-66 overtime victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

The Tigers (5-8), who got 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds from Jerrelle Benimon, overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to force the five-minute extra period.

Ahmad Starks gave Oregon State (9-3) its first lead in overtime on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Damas took a pass a few feet inside the 3-point line on the left wing and nailed the shot, quieting the Gill Coliseum crowd.

Eric Moreland had 16 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and six blocks for Oregon State, which had won five straight games. Joe Burton added 15 points and Roberto Nelson 14 points for the Beavers.

Towson, which had lost four in a row, trailed 44-25 after Burton made a layin with 16:06 left.

The Tigers answered, eventually closing within 47-40 on Benimon's basket off on offensive rebound with 9:13 remaining.

A layin by Towson's Timajh Parker-Rivera with 7:26 left made it 51-46 Oregon State. A basket by teammate Jerome Hairston on the next possession got the Tigers within three.

Benimon made it a two-point game with a layin, and Bilal Dixon's layin with 1:14 left got the Tigers back to even for the first time since the opening seconds of the game.

The teams then traded two free throws apiece, by Devon Collier and Benimon.

Oregon State had the final possession of regulation, with Starks missing a layin and Collier missing two close-in shots before time expired.

Benimon gave Towson its first lead of the game with the first basket of overtime. Teammate Rafriel Guthrie gave the Tigers a 64-62 lead on two free throws with 49 seconds left.

Oregon State's Nelson and Damas each made 1 of 2 free throws before Starks gave the Beavers their final lead of the game with his 3-pointer.