CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jarmal Reid and Malcolm Duvivier each scored a career-high 17 points to lead Oregon State past Rice 67-54 in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
Seth Gearhart had 14 points for Rice, including three 3-pointers.
Rice shot 30.8 percent, compared to 45 percent for Oregon State. The Beavers also out-rebounded the Owls 44-27.
Oregon State took a 14-4 lead with 11:44 left in the first half after a layup by Cheikh N'Diaye.
A Gearhart 3-pointer with about 7 minutes remaining in the half brought the Owls to within three points, 16-13.
Oregon State stretched its lead to as many as 12 before going into the half up 32-22.
Rice made it 37-35 on a 3-pointer by Dan Peera with 12:36 left before Oregon State responded with a 12-3 run.
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle led Montana to three NCAA Tournament appearances.