NEW YORK – NEW YORK – Devon Collier capped a high-scoring homecoming with a career-best 27 points and 14 rebounds, and Oregon State held off Purdue 66-58 on Friday in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Roberto Nelson added 10 points for the Beavers (3-1), who squandered a 15-point cushion in the second half before taking over again in the final 2 minutes.
Oregon State dominated the boards 47-36 and overcame an apparent knee injury to center Angus Brandt, who had nine points and nine rebounds.
The score was tied at 56 with 2 minutes to play when Collier put Oregon State ahead to stay by sinking a pair of free throws to start a decisive 8-0 run.
Eric Moreland made a 3-pointer from the left wing with 58.3 seconds remaining and Collier got free for a dunk 15 seconds later off a pass from Ahmad Starks.
A free throw by Starks capped the surge, making it 64-56 with 33.9 seconds to go before a scattered crowd in Madison Square Garden.
Freshman center A.J. Hammons had 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Boilermakers (1-3), who lost in overtime to Villanova 89-81 in the semifinals Thursday night after leading by eight with 1:27 remaining in regulation. D.J. Byrd added 11 and Anthony Johnson scored 10.
Collier, a junior forward who grew up in the Bronx, scored 21 points Thursday in a 65-62 loss to Alabama.
He spoke after the game about how much he wanted to win and how great it was to play in front of his family and former coaches because the Beavers rarely travel to the East Coast.
This time, the limber lefty slithered through the lane for 17 first-half points to help Oregon State build a 39-28 lead on the strength of a 30-16 rebounding advantage.
Collier’s previous career best was 25 points against Hofstra last season.
Beefy forward Joe Burton scored the first four points of the second half to make it a 15-point cushion, but the Boilermakers finally clamped down on defense. On the other end they went inside to the 7-foot Hammons, who had a big second half.
Hammons scored three straight baskets down low for Purdue and his three-point play a few minutes later trimmed the deficit to 56-54 with 3:22 to go. Hammons tied it with two free throws at the 2:17 mark.
Brandt, a 6-foot-10 senior from Australia, went down clutching his right knee when he was called for traveling at the top of the key with 5:19 remaining. He stayed down for a few minutes and a stretcher was brought onto the court, but Brandt was helped back to the bench. He did not return.
Collier came off the bench and scored 13 straight points for Oregon State in the first half. He had a trio of three-point plays to go with a sweet spin move in the lane and an authoritative dunk.
Starks’ 3-pointer capped a 13-5 run that put the Beavers up 22-13 with 11 minutes to go in the first half.
Purdue finished 9 of 16 (56 percent) at the foul line in the first meeting between the schools.