HOOPS: Oregon State stuns USC in overtime

WHEN OREGON STATE was down 15 points in the second half, it seemed the game was heading towards what has become a familiar conclusion at a once proud basketball institution. After all, USC started the season ranked in the nation's Top 20, OSU wouldn't come back 15 on them, would they? Could they? Indeed, the Beavs did come all the way back, with a stunning victory to even their record at 6-6.

The Trojans came into Corvallis on a five-game winning streak. They had beaten the Beavers seven consecutive times. They led 42-27 with 12:32 left in the game.

And then the Beavers went to work.

In the next three minutes, OSU had chopped that lead down to six -- Omari Johnson canned a three. Omari Johnson followed with a long distance hoist of his own. And Roeland Schaftenaar drilled another from long distance.

The game see-sawed back and forth down the stretch but OSU kept the pressure on and found points at a variety of spots -- Calvin Haynes' layup cut the Trojan lead to four and the Beaver Faithful were beginning to believe.

With time winding down, a bucket from Rickey Claitt cut the margin to three points with 1:18 remaining. Neither team scored again until Roeland Schaftenaar's trey at the top of the key swirled in with two seconds remaining in regulation and sent the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, USC nailed a quick three but Oregon State outscored the Trojans 8-1 the rest of the way, beating Southern Cal 62-58 and snapping a 23-game Pac-10 losing streak.

Haynes had 16 points, including four points in overtime.

Schaftenaar tied his career-high with 18 points for the Beavers.

The Beavers, in their first season under coach Craig Robinson, are now 6-6 and 1-1 in conference play. Next up, they face Arizona State in Tempe on Thursday.



Misc. Notes:

  • Tonight's announced attendance was 4,719.

  • Oregon State will return to action Thursday, Jan. 8, to face the No. 17 Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz. at 7:30 p.m. The game is to be televised by Fox Sports Net.


Team Notes:

  • Head coach Craig Robinson recorded his sixth career victory at Oregon State.

  • With the win, the Beavers snap a 21-game Pac-10 losing streak, 23-game streak against Pac-10 opponents and a nine game overtime losing streak. The last time the Beavers beat a Pac-10 opponent was Feb. 22, 2007 against Washington in Corvallis. The last time the Beavers won an overtime game was Dec. 6, 2003 over Kansas State in three overtimes.

  • Sunday's meeting between Oregon State and USC was the 120th all-time. With the victory, the Beavers improve to 34-29 all-time when playing in Corvallis.
    • Oregon State forced 10 first half turnovers and forced 18 turnovers on the game.
    • In the second half Oregon State shot 71.4 percent from 3-point range (5-for-7) and 56.5 percent from the field (12-for-23). On the game Oregon State shot 50 percent from the field going 25-for-50.

  • Five players registered at least one steal in the first half for Oregon State.

  • The Beavers scored 32 points in the paint.

  • Oregon State scored 18 points off turnovers.

  • Oregon State held a 20-7 advantage in bench scoring. The Beaver bench held a 12-0 advantage in the second half.

  • The Beavers recorded six more steals than USC earning an 11-5 advantage.

  • In overtime, Oregon State was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and hit its only 3-point attempt.

  • Oregon State held USC to just 14 percent from the field in overtime (1-for-7).

  • The Beavers overcame a 15-point second half deficit to force overtime.


Player Notes:

  • Junior Roeland Schaftenaar tied his career best by scoring a game high 18 points (3-for-6 3-pt), marking the third time Schaftenaar has scored in double-figures this season. Schaftenaar tied his career best in assists with six (tied game high), set a career best in minutes played with 40, and set season bests with seven rebounds and three steals (tied game high).

  • Senior Rickey Claitt set a career best with three steals (tied game high).

  • Sophomore Calvin Haynes scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting making for double-digit scoring performances in each of the six games he has played in this season. Haynes played a career high 35 minutes and recorded a season best four assists.

  • Sophomore Omari Johnson recorded his sixth double-digit scoring performance with 11 points shooting perfect from the field (4-for-4; 2-for-2 3-pt).

  • Junior Seth Tarver recorded a game high eight rebounds.

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