Beavers Upset Broncos 90-79

Boise State's basketball team had downed Oregon State last year in Corvallis and were favorites in the return match, but Iowa transfer Nick Dewitz provided the difference as the Beavers pulled off the upset.

     The inside strength and outside shooting of Oregon State enabled the Beavers to record a 90-79 upset victory over Boise State last night at Taco Bell Arena.  After a great first 10 minutes, when the teams went back and forth for a tie game at 17, Oregon State took control inside, with Nick Dewitz plowing inside on moves to the basket and muscling in for offensive rebounds on his way to 17 points.  Dewitz could afford to be aggressive as he was called for just one foul on the night.  Chris Stevens hurt the Broncos dearly when they didn't keep an eye on him, burying 3 key 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points. 

     Stephens was 6-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range and went 6-for-6 from the line. Sasa Cuic scored 15 and Jason Fontenet added 14 points for the Beavers.

     The Broncos were led by Jermaine Blackburn with 22 points and Coby Karl scored 14. Franco Harris added 12 points and Seth Robinson scored 11 for Boise State.  Blackburn was brilliant showing flashes of ball handling skills and slashing, darting moves to the basket and playing a tough defensive game in his best game as a Bronco.  Harris led Bronco comeback attempts with his sharpshooting from outside, while Robinson was a warrior on the inside, battling the taller Beavers all night for rebounds and defensive stops.

     Shooting was very good for both teams, as Boise State held a slight edge 54.5% (30-55) to 51.7% (31-60).  The game, however, was won on the foul line, as Oregon State was given 24 free-throw attempts to only 15 for Boise State.  The Beavers thus scored 20 points at the charity stripe to 11 for the Broncos.  Three-point shooting was identical at 8-20. 

     Oregon State led 46-36 at halftime and opened the second half with a 7-0 run. Boise State closed to 62-56 with 10:49 remaining, then cut the Beaver lead to 72-67 on a 3-pointer and free throw by Karl with 5 ½ minutes left and 83-77 with 51 seconds left but Oregon State held off the late charge.  With the win, Oregon State improves to 6-3 while the Broncos slipped to 5-4.

 

     The Broncos will take on Elon Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Arena.  Prior to the game, fans can send off the 2004 WAC Champion football team to the Liberty Bowl with a pep rally in the Arena that begins at 5:30.  Highlights of the 2004 season will be shown and Coach Dan Hawkins as well as Team Captains Andy Avalos, Chris Carr and Daryn Colledge will give speeches.  Fans attending the pep rally will be able to attend the basketball game free of charge.     

 


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