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Oregon St. 93, Howard 72

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Ahmad Starks scored 22 and Angus Brandt added 21 points, both career highs, to lead Oregon State to a 93-72 win against Howard Thursday night.

Roberto Nelson added 20 points and eight rebounds for Oregon State (8-2), off to its best start since the 1984-85 team opened 8-1.

Brandon Ford and Prince Okoroh had 13 points apiece for Howard (3-8).

Starks, a sophomore, scored eight points in a 19-4 run that put Oregon State ahead 37-18 with 5:09 left in the half. Brandt, a junior from Australia, matched Starks' 14 first-half points as the Beavers led 49-30.

Oregon State led by as many as 36 points in the second half and the Bison got no closer than 17.