9:05 PM ET, November 18, 2005
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Bozeman native Mandy Close scored a game-high 18 points in Oregon State's 70-35 win over Montana State on Friday night.The Beavers (1-0) held Montana State (0-1) to 17 percent shooting in the second half, and used runs of 14-0 and 28-4 to put away the Bobcats. Alyssa Nelson scored 11 points to lead MSU, although the Bobcats scored just 12 second-half points.Close scored the game's first basket and spurred the Beavers to a 7-2 lead, but baskets by Nelson and Scotta Morton drew MSU to within a point. Amanda DeHaan scored with 9:25 left in the half to bring Montana State to within 15-13, but that was as close as the Bobcats got the rest of the game.Tiffany Ducker started an 8-0 run with a pair of baskets to stake Oregon State to a lead it would not relinquish.Close was joined in double-figures by Kim Butler with 17, Karen Vickery with 12 and Anita Rivera, who had 11. Vickery grabbed 14 rebounds, while Casey Nash had 10 for OSU.Montana State next hosts the Wingate Inn Classic on Nov. 25, featuring Marquette, Northern Colorado and Boise State. Oregon State heads to Pacific on Sunday.