Beavers gain first postseason victory in 27 years

[OREGON STATE-DENVER: Men] It took 27 years, but Oregon State captured its first NCAA Division I Men's Tournament victory with a 1-0 win over Denver to advance to the second round at No. 12 Creighton on Sunday.

Freshman forward Jordan Jones scored the game’s only goal -- his eighth of the season -- in the 17th minute, taking some of the thunder away from senior Khiry Shelton, named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, and classmate Timmy Mueller, named the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year earlier in the day.

“Obviously, it was a great feeling to put one in early,” Jones said. “Usually, when we score we build off that energy and try to keep it going. I’m proud of my teammates and it’s a blessing to be out here. We’re not going to give up and we showed it tonight.”

There were some anxious moments for OSU the rest of the way as Denver had chances from Karsten Hanlin, Eric Kronenberg and Brian Hoyt, but keeper Matt Bersano earned the shutout for the Beavers.

“In tournament play, you have to survive and advance and that’s what we did tonight,” said OSU coach Steve Simmons. “I though the defending was pretty resilient after we took that goal. I’ll give a lot of credit to Denver, I thought they were good tonight, I really did. You can see why they’re in the tournament."
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