Kelley scores 16 points, leads Oregon State over Utah 70-51

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)Kylor Kelley scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Oregon State to a 70-51 rout of Utah on Thursday night.

Kelley, who was 7 of 10 from the field with five dunks, also blocked two shots.

Oregon State (15-9, 5-7 Pac-12) has won back-to-back conference games for the first time this season.

Utah (14-10, 5-7), which beat Oregon State 81-69 at home Jan. 2 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams, struggled offensively in the rematch. The Utes hit just 37.3 percent from the field.

The Beavers led by 25 points at 68-43 on Kelley’s dunk with 3:42 remaining.

Utah never got closer than 15 points in the second half after trailing 35-19 at the break.

Ethan Thompson added 13 points and 11 assists for the Beavers. Leading scorer Tres Tinkle had 11 points, and Zach Reichle also was in double figures with 10 points.

Branden Carlson was the only Utah player in double figures with 13 points. Timmy Allen, who came into the game averaging a team-high 18.3 points, was held to six points.

Oregon State utilized a 12-2 run midway through the first half to take control.

Oregon State’s biggest first-half lead was 17 points at 33-16 on Kelley’s alley-oop dunk.

Utah shot just 29.6 percent in the first half and struggled at the foul line as well, hitting 1 of 6.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: Allen, who scored 25 points in the Utes’ 81-69 victory over Oregon State on Jan. 2 in the Pac-12 opener, was held to a season-low six points. . Utah’s two-game winning streak came to an end.

Oregon State: Tinkle extended his double-figure scoring streak to 89 games, matching the school record of Mel Counts. Tinkle needs 65 points to pass Gary Payton (2,172) to become the leading scorer in Oregon State history.

UP NEXT

Utah plays at No. 17 Oregon on Sunday.

Oregon State hosts Colorado on Saturday.

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