Hot shooting lifts Beavers to victory

Oregon State knocks off No. 21 Arizona 75-64 to improve to 9-6, 2-2 in the Pac-10.

Game recap.
Oregon State 75, California 64.
With the hometown crowd doused in orange and in full force the Oregon State Beavers continued their hot shooting ways knocking off No. 24 Arizona 75-65. 

Nick DeWitz had a season high 20 points connecting on 7 of 9, including 3 of 3 from behind the arc.  DeWitz has hit his last six three point attempts.  Chris Stephens added 13 while Marcel Jones added 10 points and a team high nine rebounds.

OSU shot a season high 61.4 percent from the field which helped mask their 23 turnovers.  Gazette Times | | Recap | Box Score


Key quote(s).
Nick DeWitz - "We're pretty good here, and we have a pretty good winning percentage. We have the confidence to win these games here."

Jay John - "Going into the game, I anticipated it was going to be tight even with the big lead we had in the first half,. The last three (minutes) and change, the guys held it together and executed what we wanted. A game like that the kids have to make plays and have the resiliency to get rebounds."


Next up.
Oregon State stays in the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum as the Arizona State Sundevils (6-8, 0-5) head into town after losing to Oregon on Thursday.  ASU has not won a conference game this year.


Previous Beaver game.
Defeated California 72-64 on the road.


Top performers for Oregon State. Top performers for Arizona.

Scoring - Nick DeWitz, 20 points

Rebounding - Marcel Jones, 9 rebounds

Assists - Lamar Hurd, 6 assists

Steals - Two with two each

Blocks - Three with one each

Scoring - Hassan Adams, 22 points

Rebounding - Mustafa Shakur, 6 rebounds

Assists -  Mustafa Shakur, 4 assists

Steals - Hassan Adams, 5 steals

Blocks - Three with one each


Injury Report.

  • Junior forward Michael Johnson is out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot.  As of late December, he has started to practice with the team.
  • Freshman point guard Josh Tarver is out six weeks with a broken right foot.  As of late December, he has started to practice with the team.


Beaver record watch.
Coach Jay John
Needs four wins for 400 in his 23-year coaching career (both head and assistant jobs).

Guard Chris Stephens
Needs 19 three-pointers to break OSU’s career record (Deaundra Tanner had 179).

Guard Lamar Hurd
Needs to play in 14 games to move into OSU’s career top 10.

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


News and notes.

  • Oregon State shot 61% from the field and 75% (6 of 8) from three point range compared to Arizona's 43% from the field and 23% (3 of 13) from three point range.  OSU had a similar statistical advantage over Cal - Oregon State shot 54% from the field and 64% (7 of 11) from three point range compared to Cal's 36% from the filed and 27% (6 of 22) from three point land.
  • Like most games this season the Beavers led at halftime, 41-24.
  • OSU scored the first 14 points of the game and led 20-4, on 8 of 9 shooting, with just under 12 minutes to play.  Against Cal, OSU scored the first eight points of the game and sank its first three 3-point shots.
  • The Beavers have won their last 12 of 14 conference home games.

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