Although he did not score in the final 10:00 of the game, Marcus Williams had a pretty stellar night. The sophomore scored 27 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals.
The Wildcats opened the game on a 10-0 run and although they never completely put away the Beavers, it never seemed as if they were in danger of losing the game either.
BACK IN BLACK:
The Beavers wore black uniforms for the first time since November.
GET A T.O.
As soon as the Wildcats got their 10th point to open the game, Beaver coach Jay John called a timeout. The tactic worked as OSU scored the next five points, but lost the momentum when Marcel Jones was whistled for a technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk.
Jawann McClellan started the game 0-4 from the field and did not get on the scoreboard until after the 4:00 mark of the first half. However, when he finally did score he did it in highlight reel fashion. McClellan drove the lane and threw down a monster dunk while getting fouled at the same time. He just muscled through the poor Beaver defender, who did his best to slow up McCLellan.
GET A LEG UP:
After undergoing knee surgery on Monday, Wildcat PF Bret Brielmaier was unable to take a normal spot on the Wildcat bench. He had to sit on the baseline, keeping his leg elevated on the table next to the pricey booster seats.
Nic Wise was not suited up for the game. He was held out for "personal reasons" and no one from the staff would comment further. His status for Sunday's game was not revealed.
Fox Sports Net was billing a replay of the BCS Championship game as their "Best Damn Bowl Classic". Since when is a 41-14 game a classic.
They also said, "join us for every dramatic moment." Dramatic? I guess they weren't showing the second half.
Jordan Hill committed two first half fouls while attempting to block shots. Both times he clobbered an opposing Beaver player, knocking him to the ground.
MAKING THE MOST OF AN OPPORTUNITY:
Fendi Onobun first entered the game midway through the second half and scored seven straight points for the Cats. In just six minutes he was 2-3 from the field and 3-4 from the line. He also added three rebounds.
The Wildcats have won 12 of the last 14 meetings with the Beavers. Oregon State has not beaten the Wildcats in Tucson since Lute Olson has coached the Cats.