HOOPS: Beavs, Deane cool down the stretch

MAYBE THIS PRINCETON offense variation won't take as long as once thought, after all. The Beavers have a long ways to go, to be sure. on both offense and their zone style of D. But victories like the one on Saturday, over a Nebraska team that was 6-1 coming in, certainly bode well. And it's nice to have a big man in forward Daniel Deane who nails his free throws down the stretch, too.

Daniel Deane was 4-for-4 from the line in the closing moments to give Oregon State the 64-63 win over Nebraska.

The Beavs didn't shoot lights out, they were 18-46 from the field. But they had three players in double figures and two double-doubles -- Omari Johnson led all scorers with 19 points, tying his career high, and pulled down 10 boards. Calvin Hayes chipped in 14 and Deane had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

And they also hit on 21-26 of their free throws.

Oregon State is implementing this season under first year head man Craig Robinson a variation of the Princeton offense. Some of the tenets are that many plays to start with a pass to the center with an emphasis on cutting players and on passing.

The goal is to get at least one player open on a cut to the hoop, and the three-point shot also becomes a primary weapon.

The Beavers are, naturally, nowhere near as accomplished in the offensive sets as they, if all goes according to plan, will be -- they've played a total of seven games under Robinson. But they do feel comfortable in it, and knocking off Nebraska will do nothing but increase their confidence.

Box score: Oregon State 64, Nebraska 63



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