Beavs one and done in CBI

OREGON STATE offered a textbook example of what not to do on defense in a season-ending, 96-92 loss to Radford in the first round of the CBI. Indeed, Radford scalded the Beavs in the first half, shooting 69 percent from the field, and 60 percent from the beyond the arc.

Radford's percentages would come down in the second half but it didn't really matter.

OSU lost the game by playing poor defense. Very poor defense.

Radford scored 57 points in the first half, and they didn't attempt a single free throw in the opening 20 minutes.

It looked at times like Oregon State was just going through the motions, there was no urgency, no hustle.

The Beavs allowed Radford 17 assists in the first half, and a total of 24 for the game.

Oregon State still had a chance after the first half, surprisingly. They "only" trailed by 12, at 57-45. And they opened the second half on a 12-4 run to close to 61-57.

But gaps in the Beavs D continued, and the lead was soon back to double-digits again.

Oregon State pulled to within four with 1:13 to play, 91-87, on a Hallice Cooke jumper but OSU never got closer than three in the second half until there were 8.6 seconds to play at 94-92.

Radford shot 57 percent for the game, and 54 percent from beyond the arc. Oregon State shot 59 percent for the game but only 6-16 from behind the arc. And OSU only 67 percent from the free throw line (14-21).

The final gasp for the Beavs came when OSU, trailing by three with eight seconds left, Roberto Nelson anticipated Radford fouling and sending OSU to the line rather than allow the Beavs to take a game-tying shot. He let fly from just inside the half court stripe, believing he had been fouled. The only problem was no whistle sounded.

Oregon State paid $35,000 to host the game and needed to draw at least 2,333 to break even (on paper. The Beavs likely needed to draw quite a few more after other expenses were taken into consideration.) They barely got half that, with an announced attendance of 1,351.

Eric Moreland finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Nelson led the Beavs with 26 points. Cooke also tallied 23 points. Angus Brandt had 14 points in his final game as a Beaver.

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