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Roberto Nelson scores 26 points, Oregon State cruises past Pac-12 foe Utah for 82-64 victory

  • Oregon State center Joe Burton, right, flips the ball behind him as Utah forward Jordan Loveridge defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Oregon State center Joe Burton, right, flips the ball behind him as Utah forward Jordan Loveridge defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oregon State forward Eric Moreland, right, drives past Utah forward Jordan Loveridge during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Oregon State forward Eric Moreland, right, drives past Utah forward Jordan Loveridge during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Utah guard Jarred DuBois (5) passes inside against Oregon State forward Devon Collier during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Utah guard Jarred DuBois (5) passes inside against Oregon State forward Devon Collier during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  (The Associated Press)

Roberto Nelson had 26 points and five rebounds, and Oregon State pulled away from Utah in the second half for an 82-64 win Wednesday night.

Joe Burton added 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists for Oregon State (12-11, 2-8 Pac-12), which recorded its highest point total in a conference game this season.

Brandon Taylor had a season-high 21 points and six assists, and Jarred DuBois scored 20 points, for Utah (10-12, 2-8).

Oregon State bumped its nine-point halftime lead to 18 less than 7 minutes into the second half. The Beavers scored eight straight points, the last two on a Challe Barton lay-in off a Burton assist with 13:20 left, to make it 47-29.

Utah came back with a 12-2 run, the last five points by Taylor, to close within 49-41. Nelson scored the next five points to give Oregon State a 13-point lead with 8:52 remaining.