When asked about his performance Stephens had this to say, “We didn’t get the victory, so that’s all that matters.”
The Beavers defense was solid, holding the Cardinal to 39% shooting from the field, including a dismal 1-for-12 from leading scorer Matt Lottich.
“I’ve got a team with a lot of heart, and they will compete and execution and development aren’t where they would like it, where I would like it, but as long as we got heart and energy going in the right direction, we’re gonna conquer some things,” the second year head man over the Beaver basketball program said.
Josh Childress led Stanford with 17 points, hitting 5-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. He hit all four of his free throws.
The story of the game for the Beavers was 22 turnovers, a dubious season-high. They had 15 of those turnovers in the first half; by contrast they had only 14 in the entire triple-overtime game against Kansas State.
Stephens hit his first five three-point attempts; the last gave the Beavers a 31-29 lead with 16:45 remaining in the second half, OSU’s final lead of the contest.
Stanford went on to score the next 12 points before Lucas hit a pair of buckets and Stephens hit a pair of free throws to pull the Beavers within six with just over 10 minutes to go in the contest. That was the closest OSU would get.
The No. 2 team in the nation ran the lead to 15 and the Beavers never got closer than 10 in the final eight-plus minutes of the game.
On a positive note, OSU did out rebound Stanford 38-31 in the game, the first time the Cardinal has been out rebounded this season.
One of Stanford’s best post players, Justin Davis, went down with an apparent knee injury early in the second half as sophomore Matt Haryasz stepped up and had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
“That’s why they’re the No. 2 team in the nation, players step up,” said sophomore guard Chris Stephens.
NOTE: There were a couple Blazers scouts at the game; my guess would be because of Josh Childress. Also, this being my opinion, the worst refereed game I have ever seen. I swear I saw five goaltending calls missed (four on buckets that should have been ours, one that should have been theirs). There were a ton of other missed calls as well. OSU led 14-8 early, and even at that point I was mentally complaining (to myself) about the officiating.
Jake Schubert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.