Beavs take care of ball, business

Oregon State improves to 5-4 as they defeat South Florida 61-56.

Game recap.
Oregon State 61, South Florida 56.
The Oregon State basketball team took care of the ball and Chris Stephens took care of the rest as the Beavers improved to 5-4.  Stephens shot 8 of 15 from the field, which included a lay-up with 49 seconds on the clock and two clutch free throws to seal the victory.  Forward Sasa Cuic added 12 points.

South Florida was led by Solomon Jones 19 points as the Bulls played just six players.

 Full recap | Box score | Gazette Times

 

Key quote.
Guard Chris Stephens - "We put emphasis on handling the ball.  (The Northwestern State loss) was on all of our minds last night, we just wanted to come out and earn a win."

 

Next up.
Western Michigan at 3:30 p.m. for fifth place.

 

Previous Beaver game.
Lost to Northwestern State, 72-61 in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic.

 

Top performers for Oregon State. Top performers for South Florida.

Scoring - Chris Stephens, 21 points

Rebounding - Marcel Jones, 9 rebounds

Assists - Jason Fontenet, 5 assists

Scoring - Solomon Jones, 19 points

Rebounding - Two with ten each

Assists - Chris Capko, 7 assists

 

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 three wins for 50 as head coach at Oregon State ... Needs six wins for 400 in his 23-year coaching career (both head and assistant jobs).

Guard Chris Stephens
Needs 24 points to become OSU’s 32nd player with 1,000 points ... Needs 23 three-pointers to break OSU’s career record (Deaundra Tanner had 179).

Guard Lamar Hurd
Needs 16 assists to break into OSU’s career top 10 ... Needs three starts to move into OSU’s career top five ... Needs to play in 20 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.

  • Only 434 people attended the game.
     
  • The Beavers led 33-25 at halftime.

  • Stephens has led the Beavers in scoring three staight games.

  • This is the Beavers second road win of the season.

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