- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Ya Ya Anderson scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Radford past Oregon State 96-92 in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.

It was the Highlanders’ first ever NCAA Division I postseason win.

“It’s a huge win for our program. This team is obviously growing game by game,” said Radford Coach Mike Jones.

Javonte Green and R.J. Price added 20 points each for Radford, (22-12, 10-6 Big South), which built a large early lead thanks to red-hot shooting and held off Oregon State rallies in the second half.

Radford will advance to play Old Dominion on Monday in the quarterfinals of the CBI.

“It’s huge. They’re in Virginia just like us,” Anderson said.

Eric Moreland had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Beavers (16-16), who won the CBI in 2009. Roberto Nelson scored 26 in his last game for Oregon State, and Hallice Cooke had 23.

Jones, now in his third season leading the Highlanders, had six wins his first year and 13 his second. “We still have a lot of guys coming back for next year,” he said.

Just to make the postseason was a victory, he said. The win over the Beavers was “the cherry on top of our season,” Jones said.

The Highlanders averaged six 3-point baskets during the regular season. On Wednesday, they had 13.

“They were just falling for us tonight and we didn’t stop shooting,” Anderson said.

Oregon State looked sluggish at the start in front of a sparse home crowd, falling behind 11-2 on a 3-pointer by Anderson at the 16:59 mark.

Anderson’s fourth 3-pointer put the visitors up 38-24 with 9:35 left in the half. The Highlanders were shooting better than 84 percent at that point.

A Green 3-pointer at the 3:52 mark pushed the margin to 50-35, the Highlanders’ largest lead of the game.

Radford went into the break up 57-45. The team had cooled off to shoot 69 percent from the field. Oregon State shot 59 percent in the half.

In the second half, the game fell into a pattern of the Beavers clawing back and Radford responding to build leads.

Nelson made a lay-in and was fouled with 25.4 seconds left to make the score 93-90. The Highlanders beat Oregon State’s press and Rashun Davis was fouled, making one of two free throws.

Nelson made another lay-in with 8.6 seconds left to trim the score to 94-92. Davis was fouled again and again made one of two from the line.

On the Beavers next possession, Nelson missed a heave from near the half-court logo, but there was about three seconds remaining when he shot.

Beavers Coach Craig Robinson said Nelson was trying to draw a foul on the play and get to the line to tie things up.

It was the first meeting between the schools, and, on paper, it looked like a size mismatch. The Highlanders have one starter taller than 6-foot-4.

The Beavers played without 6-foot-8 forward Devon Collier, who had a sprained ankle, but Oregon State still had three starters 6-foot-7 or taller.

“Guys did a really good job of pushing that ball in transition and making those big guys have to guard us in space,” Jones said.

Oregon State was looking for a win to secure only its third winning season since 1990.

The Beavers finished 10th in the Pac-12 this year, but their 8-10 conference record matched its best conference showing since 1993.

Nelson came into Wednesday leading the Beavers and the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game. Collier was averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Radford, out of Virginia, finished in third place in the Big South Conference’s North Division.

Green came into the game averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game and 8.2 rebounds. He was a first-team All-Big South selection this season.

The Highlanders reached 20 wins during the regular season for the first time since 1993-94.

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