Oregon State women edge Long Beach State

Oregon State 56, Long Beach State 55

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec (0) gets double teamed by Long Beach State's Chanterria Jackson, left, and Madison Montgomery, right, during the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/ Timothy J. Gonzalez)
Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec (0) gets double teamed by Long Beach State's Chanterria Jackson, left, and Madison Montgomery, right, during the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/ Timothy J. Gonzalez)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Breanna Brown scored 12 points and second-seeded Oregon State held off feisty No. 15 seed Long Beach State in the final minute to eke out a 56-55 victory Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mikayla Pivec and Marie Gulich each added 10 points for Oregon State (30-4), which was also seeded second last season when they made a run to the Final Four.

Raven Benton had 17 points Long Beach State (23-11), which was trying to become the first 15-seed to ever win a game in the women’s NCAA Tournament.

The 49ers took over the lead on Jessica Gertz’s 3-pointer with 2:48 left, but Sydney Wiese hit two free throws to put Oregon State back in front 56-55 with 1:07 to go.

The 49ers tried to manage the clock, but Benton missed a long jumper with five second left and Anna Kim’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the backboard, ending the upset bid.

 

Oregon State's Kolbie Orum (12) goes after a loose ball with Long Beach State's Gigi Hascheff, left, and Madison Montgomery (22) during the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
Oregon State’s Kolbie Orum (12) goes after a loose ball with Long Beach State’s Gigi Hascheff, left, and Madison Montgomery (22) during the first half of a first-round game in the women’s NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)