Stephens' hot shooting lifts OSU over WSU

Oregon State defeats Washington State 59-50 for their third conference win of the season.

Game recap.
Oregon State 59, Washington State 50
Chris Stephens' hot touch carried Oregon State to a 59-50 victory over Washington State Saturday night in Pullman sending the Cougars to their fourth straight loss.  Stephens connected on 8 of 12 shots, including a perfect 4 of 4 from three point range.

After a solid performance against Washington on Thursday, Wesley Washington received his first career start scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds will adding three assists and two blocks.   Washington and Stephens were the only Beavers to reach double digits in scoring.

Robbie Cowgill led WSU with 13 points as the Cougars connected on just 1 of 16 from the three point line.   Gazette Times | Recap | Box Score


Key quote(s).
Coach Jay John - "We needed it (Stephens outside jumper). We needed someone to step up. My experience against Washington State is the interior defense is so good, someone has to hit jump shots."

John - "Wesley played pretty darn good. He provided us some stability. We went into the Washington game looking for some stability. And after that game it was obvious that's where we were headed (playing Washington more)."


Next up.
It's back home for the men in black as the universities from California come knocking at the doors of Gill.  First up is USC who is 12-6 overall and 3-4 in conference play.  Tipoff is at 5:30 on Thursday, Jan. 26.


Previous Beaver game.
Lost on the road to Washington 69-65.


Top performers for Oregon State. Top performers for Washington State.

Scoring - Chris Stephens, 23 points

Rebounding - Kyle Jeffers, 8 rebounds

Assists - Wesley Washington, 3 assists

Steals - Wesley Washington, 2 steals

Blocks - Two with 2 blocks a piece

Scoring - Robbie Cowgill, 13 points

Rebounding - Two with 8 rebounds each

Assists -  Kyle Weaver, 5 assists

Steals - Robbie Cowgill, 4 steals

Blocks - Ivory Clark,. 3 blocks


Injury Report.

  • Point guard Lamar Hurd is out at least three weeks with a groin injury.
  • Junior forward Michael Johnson is out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot.  As of late December, he started practicing with the team.
  • Freshman point guard Josh Tarver is out six weeks with a broken right foot.  As of late December, he started practicing with the team.


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

Guard Chris Stephens
Needs 14 three-pointers to break OSU’s career record (Deaundra Tanner had 179).

Guard Lamar Hurd
Needs to play in 13 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 40% from the field and 46% (6 of 13) from three point range compared to Washington State's 38% from the field and 6% (1 of 16) from three point range.
  • Oregon State led 29-27 at halftime.
  • G Jason Fontenet played just six minutes.
  • The Beavers made five of six free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

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