Beavs left to wonder what might have been

THE 342nd meeting between Oregon State and Oregon on the hardcourt was their first in the Pac-12 tournament and carried plenty of postseason implications for both. The Beavs shot an eye-popping 60.5 percent from the field but still somehow lost 88-74.

The culprit was again turnovers and defense. The Beavs committed 15 turnovers and allowed Oregon far too many open looks, particularly in the second half.

Now Oregon State (16-15) can only wait to see if their season extends into the postseason. Most scribes seemed lukewarm at best for their chances to land a bid from the NIT.

Oregon State forged a hard-fought three point lead early in the second half but suddenly went cold, going almost eight minutes without a bucket. During that time, Oregon went on a 17-2 run.

Angus Brandt led the Beavs with 20 points, with Roberto Nelson right behind with 19. Devon Collier also chipped in 11.

The Beavers jumped out to a 15-5 lead as Oregon started the game 0-9 from the field. But the Ducks began to ratchet up the full court pressure on every made basket. The result was a bevy of OSU turnovers, and a nine-point Oregon lead, before OSU began to solve the defense with a series of quick lay-ins.

OSU pulled to within 41-40 at the break.

"The good teams, they learn from their mistakes," guard Hallice Cooke told the Oregonian. "This team couldn't figure it out.

OSU will now wait to see if they'll play in either the CBI or CIT tournaments.

  • Oregon outscored OSU 21-7 off turnovers.

  • The Ducks got some huge bench scoring in this one, outpacing Oregon State 46-6.

  • "I thought in this first half we did a good job on them defensively or at least an adequate job on them defensively. Then in the second half we just couldn't stop them, and that's a tribute to them running through their stuff," said Craig Robinson.

  • The Beavers repeated the starting lineup of Hallice Cooke, Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier, Eric Moreland and Angus Brandt from their previous game against Arizona State. It's just the second time they have gone with those starting five this season.

  • Oregon State fell to 8-15 all-time in the Pac-10/12 tournament and lost in the first round for the second consecutive year.

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