No CBI title this year for Beavs

IT STARTED OUT well for Oregon State, running out to a 5-0 lead in the opening round of the CBI Tournament. But sloppy play and turnovers soon called an end to that. Boston U forged a lead and then blew out the Beavers at Gill Coliseum, building their first half lead to as many as 21 points. From then on in the 96-78 loss, the outcome was never in doubt.

Any hopes of a miraculous comeback by OSU were doused early in the second half. Oregon State scored buckets on three straight early possessions but Boston U matched Oregon State's 2's with long distance 3's, making it a 59-33 game at the 17:09 mark.

Oregon State (14-18) trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half.

It was actually a tight game midway through the opening half, the Beavs were down by only a deuce at 19-17 with 11:22 on the clock. But three straight OSU turnovers led to a 26-17 deficit -- and it was only going to get worse.

The Beaver turnovers kept on coming, Oregon State handing the ball over on 5 of 6 possessions at one point.

BU's athleticism caused Oregon State problems -- the Beavers were a step slow on defense and allowed far too many open looks. It was a bad combination, with BU shooting well from beyond the arc early.

Boston U (20-13) effectively put the game out of reach at 40-21 with 5:34 to go in the opening half. The Beavs' body language looked terrible by that time, and allowing a full court pass and slam dunk after two made free throws by Roeland Schaftenaar didn't improve things.

At the break, Boston U had scored 17 points off 12 OSU turnovers, and OSU trailed 46-27.

Believe it or not, that first half deficit could have been worse. Boston U went ice cold from the field in the final five minutes of the half, missing a number of wide open shots.

Jared Cunningham led the Beavs with a career high 21 points. Roeland Schaftenaar in his final game for Oregon State scored 12 on the night. Calvin Haynes had 15 points.

In their final games for OSU, Josh Tarver had four assists and two rebounds while Seth Tarver scored seven points. Lathen Wallace was a bright spot for the Beavs down the stretch, rejecting a BU dunk attempt and scoring 10 straight points. He finished with 15 points on the night.


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