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Utah coach Greg Marsden said earlier in the week he wasn't worried about the gymnasts he had in his beam lineup, believing they would work through their small mistakes to make the event one of the Utes' best. On Friday, his gymnasts rewarded his belief in them with a victory.

Protecting just a .5 lead going into the final rotation, the second-ranked Utes produced one of their best beam sets of the year to beat No. 11 Oregon State 197.05-196.65 in front of 3,789 at Gill Coliseum.

The season-high score for Utah (3-1) came thanks to a clutch performance on the balance beam, where the Utes earned a 49.15 to hold off the Beavers (6-2) and dash their hopes of their first win against Utah since 2003. Utah's victory ended Oregon State's home winning streak at six meets, dating back to Utah's last win here in 2007.

Knowing Oregon State hadn't lost at home since then added even more pressure on the Utes as they tried to win the meet on beam, junior Annie DiLuzio said.

"They haven't lost here since my freshman year and knowing they were that good at home, that made it intimidating," she said. "We knew we had to hang in there and pull it out on beam and that's what we did."

Utah's Kyndal Robarts, in her first performance in competition this season, scored a career-high 9.875 on the event to start the Utes off well.

Jamie Deetscreek matched that effort as did Daria Bijak to be the Utes' top scorers in the rotation.

"I didn't even know how close it was," Robarts said. "I was just happy to be in the lineup and I knew we had to do a good job to keep ourselves ahead."

Utah handled the pressure and Oregon State's small but noisy crowd well with a performance that pleased Marsden as much as any this year.

"This is a very tough place to come and compete," he said. "Their fans are educated, and they knew what was going on and to come in and win the meet on beam is a very hard thing."

The meet was close from the start after the Utes opened with just a 49.125 on the bars, their lowest score since a 49.075 in the season-opening win against UCLA.

The rotation lacked its usual big ending when Kristina Baskett over-rotated and came off the bars, forcing the Utes to drop her 9.2 score.

It was the first time Baskett has fallen off the bars since the regular-season finale against BYU in 2007.

The Beavers, meanwhile, earned a season-high 49.15 on the vault.

At that point, with the Beavers leading despite vault being one of their weakest events and the bars being Utah's best, it seemed like Oregon State was going to continue its recent trend of upsets. The Beavers defeated then No. 5 Arkansas two weeks ago and won at Arizona last week, a place in which the Beavers had previously won only once.

But Oregon State's lead was brief because the Utes posted a 49.45 on vault with their last three gymnasts scoring 9.9 or higher to take a 98.575-98.3 lead.

Utah posted a 49.325 on floor before finishing on balance beam.

Oregon State's Mandi Rodriguez won the all-around with a 39.5; Baskett had one of her more difficult nights, scoring just 38.75.

While the usually dependable Baskett wasn't satisfied with her own performance, she was happy about the way her teammates' performed.

"That is what I love about this team," she said. "There have been nights when I have had to come through and tonight they came through when I was having an off night. Everyone takes their turn."

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Utah 197.05, Oregon State 196.65

In Brief » The Utes come from behind to beat the Beavers for the seventh straight time.

Key Stat » Utah scores over a 197 for the first time since the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Key moment » The Utes set a season high on vault (49.45) to overtake OSU.

Individual Winners

Vault » Kristina Baskett (Utah) 9.95

Uneven bars » Leslie Mak (Oregon State) 9.95

Balance beam » Leslie Mak (Oregon State) 9.9

Floor » Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 9.9

All-around » Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 39.5

Individual Winners

Vault » Kristina Baskett (Utah) 9.95

Uneven bars » Leslie Mak (Oregon State) 9.95

Balance beam » Leslie Mak (Oregon State) 9.9

Floor » Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 9.9

All-Around » Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 39.5

Utah's beam scores this season

vs. UCLA » 49.025

vs. Georgia » 48.95

vs. Washington » 48.925

vs. Oregon State » 49.15

Utah's beam scores this season

vs. UCLA » 49.025

vs. Georgia » 48.95

vs. Washington » 48.925

vs. Oregon State » 49.15

No upset » No. 2 Utes solve past mistakes to defeat No. 11 Beavers.
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