The Beavers went on a 12-3 run, fueled by five straight points by Alfred Hollins, to take a 32-23 lead at the 5:39 mark. Hollins banked in a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Oregon State a 46-36 lead.
The Beavers took over the game with a 15-3 surge to start the second half, capped by a Kelley dunk with 12:25 remaining.
Hollins finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Oregon State.
Pepperdine: Romar returned to coach the Waves this year, and the squad’s six wins already match their win total from last season. He also coached Pepperdine from 1997 to 1999, and he led a turnaround of the program back then. . Pepperdine is 0-4 on the road this season. . Last year’s leading scorer Kameron Edwards has already missed eight games, including the last seven.
Oregon State: Ethan Thompson had scored 20-plus points in his previous three games, but was hampered by foul trouble and finished with one point in 13 minutes. . Kelley also set an Oregon State record with multiple blocked shots in 10 straight games. The junior college transfer entered Monday ranked third in the nation and first in the Pac-12 with 3.4 blocked shots per game.
STAYING AGGRESSIVE: Despite Kelley blocking and altering numerous shots, the Waves continued to attack the rim. Romar said maintaining that aggressiveness was necessary. “If you back off, all of the sudden, they win in more areas than one. We have to continue to come at them,” he added.
RIM PROTECTOR: Zach Reichle, who had 13 points for Oregon State, said it was huge for perimeter defenders to have a rim protector like Kelley. “You don’t want to get beat, and you get beat sometimes, you know that, but he’s always going to be there to help block that shot. It definitely takes some pressure off you.”