Beavs' second half funk lets one slip away

TRADING ON-THE-BALL pressure beyond the arc for a packed wall of defense from the top of the key in, the Beavers built a double digit lead against UW in the Pac-10 tournament. And OSU's defensive success translated to confidence on the offensive end -- the Beavs nailed their first six, yes six, three-point attempts. But OSU lost their way in the second half, and the result was a 59-52 loss.

For the first half-plus at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, it was all going according to plan for OSU head man Craig Robinson. The Beaver D was forcing UW to settle for 3-point shots, and the resulting clank that followed. Meanwhile, OSU was in rhythm on offense.

Oregon State held UW to their style of game in the first half -- and zero field goals over an 8:28 span.

The Beavers stretched it to 13 point lead with 4:20 left in the half at 29-16, as the Beavs hit from long range. OSU drilled their first six three pointers to open the game -- Angus Brandt and Roeland Schaftenaar hit a pair, while Jared Cunningham and Omari Johnson nailed one each.

The Huskies made a late 6-0 run in the first half but the Beavs stopped it there, and Calvin Haynes' slicing layup were the last two points of the half, with the Beavs holding a 31-22 lead at the break.

It was one of the lowest scoring halves all season by Washington. But things were about to change.

After OSU re-built their advantage to double digits early in the second half, they suddenly seemed tentative on offense and the UW increased their defensive pressure. And OSU's defense suddenly wasn't quite so tight.

What had the biggest impact, however, was OSU's inability to corral rebounds.

A 13-2 run by the Huskies, fueled in part by offensive put backs, tied it at the 12:26 mark. And two more UW three-balls pushed the lead to 43-37.

OSU cut it to four but the Huskies pushed it up to eight before OSU began their final charge. A 6-0 Beaver run with Schaftenaar scoring four of the points cut it UW's lead to a deuce with five minutes to go but the Beavs could get no closer.

Schaftenaar led all Beavers in scoring with 17 points and just missed a double-double with nine boards. Cunningham went for 15 despite injuring his ankle in the first half.

Oregon State now waits to see if their season continues, with one possibility being the CBI, the tournament the Beavers won last year.

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