Beavs can't set pace, UW rematch up next

OREGON STATE wanted to dictate the pace in the final regular season tilt against the Huskies. Deliberate, strong D.. this was the plan. It turned out to be more of a track meet, with Oregon State trying to keep pace while on their heels. The Beaver defense was ineffective, and OSU fell 82-70 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavs will get their chance for a different result against the UW in short order.

Oregon State has a lot of work to do over the next five days.

With the loss, the Beavs fell to the No. 6 seed, meaning they'll play the Huskies again in the 3-6 game of the Pac-10 tourney. The tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday (FSN).

Roeland Schaftenaar led the Beavs with 15 points (6-of-10) while Calvin Haynes chipped in 13 on 4-of-6 shooting. It wasn't nearly enough given the way the Beavs played defense.

On Saturday, in a nutshell, Oregon State didn't box out enough and allowed far too much penetration by the Huskies. The UW dominated the interior and drove in against a Beaver defense virtually at will.

The Beavs allowed the Huskies to shoot 50 percent from the floor and take 60 shots.

Joe Burton had a good first half on the offensive end, with eight points on 3-4 shooting. And the Beavs actually took a 21-20 lead on Josh Tarver's bucket and foul shot. But OSU then gave the lead right back on a driving UW layup where no Beaver defender took away the lane to the basket.

The tipping point for Oregon State came soon after that.

The Huskies' Isaiah Thomas seemed to get away with an offensive foul push off and went to the FT line with a foul called against Josh Tarver. Replays seemed to indicate Tarver had a clean block and the contact was due to Thomas' outstretched elbow. Regardless, UW simply outhustled OSU after that point. The Huskies subsequently built up a quick 10-point lead and never looked back.

Washington raced out to a 15-point lead early in the second half. Oregon State was able to briefly get it under double digits but it was short lived and they never closer than nine points.


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