Turnovers doom Beavers

Oregon State loses 72-61 to Northwestern State in the opening round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.

Game recap.
Northwestern State 72, Oregon State 61.
A lethargic performance by the Beavers dropped them to .500 as they committed 19 turnovers and attempted just 37 shots from the field. 

Northwestern State reserve Kerwin Forges provided the spark off the bench going 5 of 5 from the field.  Chris Stephens paced the Beavers with 17 points on 5 of 6 shooting. Full recap | Box score | Gazette Times


Key quote.
Coach Jay John - "Approximately 33 percent of our possessions resulted in turnovers. We didn't get enough shots. Their guards did a better job pressuring us than we did handling the ball."


Next up.
Oregon State stays in Hawaii to face South Florida on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m.


Previous Beaver game.
Defeated Georgia at the Rose Garden, 64-60.


Top performers for Oregon State. Top performers for Portland.

Scoring - Chris Stephens, 17 points

Rebounding - Three with five each

Assists - Jason Fontenet, 5 assists

Scoring - Kerwin Forges, 14 points

Rebounding - Two with six each

Assists - Three with three each


Injury Report.

  • Junior forward Kyle Jeffers is playing through a sprained knee.
  • Junior forward Michael Johnson is out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot.
  • Freshman point guard Josh Tarver is out six weeks with a broken right foot.


Beaver record watch.
Coach Jay John
Needs four wins for 50 as head coach at Oregon State ... Needs seven wins for 400 in his 23-year coaching career (both head and assistant jobs).

Guard Chris Stephens
Needs 45 points to become OSU’s 32nd player with 1,000 points ... Needs 26 three-pointers to break OSU’s career record (Deaundra Tanner had 179).

Guard Lamar Hurd
Needs 18 assists to break into OSU’s career top 10 ... Needs four starts to move into OSU’s career top five ... Needs to play in 21 games to move into OSU’s career top 10.

Gill Coliseum
OSU needs six home wins for 500 all-time at Gill Coliseum.


News and notes.

  • Northwestern scored 25 points off of OSU turnovers and shot 53% from the field.
  • The Demons led 33-26 at the half.

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