Beavers Put Freeze on UW

You could hear Nate Robinson come out of the locker room Sunday with a message for Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar - there was no hot water for post-game showers. No wonder, the Oregon State Beavers took it all. OSU lit the Dawgs up, shooting 60 percent from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc, taking a convincing 90-73 win over #11 UW in Corvallis.

"You can put this one on me," Romar said. "They (Oregon State) played extraordinarily well, but we should have given them a better fight." In fact, Romar declared the Oregon road swing far, far less than a success, despite defeating Oregon in overtime Thursday. The last time OSU beat an opponent that highly ranked was during the 1999-2000 season, when they beat then number-three Arizona.

"We dug ourselves a hole at Oregon and we dug ourselves another one tonight," he said. "It wasn't a very good road trip for us, in spite of us getting a split. Most people would be happy with that, but I don't like the way we played. Thursday or today. I don't think we played with intensity for 40 minutes, we didn't take care of the basketball and we didn't defend."

Both the Ducks and Beavers led the Huskies at halftime, something that has happened only two other times all season. But instead of Washington coming away with another 'character win', they came away Sunday empty-handed.

It was a 57-point turnaround for Oregon State (14-9, 6-6), who lost to Washington (20-4, 10-3) in Seattle earlier in the season by 40. "They had a lot of bad things happen in our gym," UW's Brandon Roy said after the game. "We beat them so bad at home and I think a couple of guys thought we were going to cruise to another victory. I knew they weren't going to come out that way. They played almost a perfect game."

The junior guard from Garfield led the Dawgs with 25 points, followed by Tre Simmons with 15. This game was the first one all season for the Huskies where they didn't have at least three players score in double-figures. Part of that goes to UW's shooting woes, where they were downright frosty from behind the three-point line, draining only 4 of 27 attempts. The normally reliable trio of Simmons, Nate Robinson and Will Conroy went a combined 1-15.

It was just the opposite for Oregon State, led by the 23 points of David Lucas and 20 of Nick DeWitz. Lucas has been on a tear of late, scoring double-doubles in three of his last four games. "We had to shoot well in order to beat them and we did shoot well," Oregon State Head Coach Jay John said after the win. "We passed the ball and we moved the ball extremely well."

The Beavers also forced 21 Washington turnovers, second-most all season behind the 24 they had against Houston on Christmas Eve.

"I don't like to make excuses, but mentally I think a lot of our guys are just out of it, Roy said when asked about the number of fouls called against Washington on this past road trip. The Huskies were called 59 times in two games, with a school record 36 of them coming against the Ducks. "They just feel picked on. And it's not just the fouls, it's the charges and travels. It's frustrating. Teams are coming at us with everything they've got and we're not allowed to go after them with the same kind of energy that they are bringing toward us."

There is no question the Beavers came out of the gate with the energy of fifty Clydesdales, relying on the scoring of senior guard J.S. Nash, who put all of his 18 points up in the first half. Once the Huskies put pressure on Nash, that's when Lucas went off. The senior from Tigard, Oregon, scored 13 points in the first 7:03 of the second half, including two quick baskets to start the period, part of an extended 32-10 run by OSU that put the Beavers comfortably on top 52-37.

The Huskies would reduce the margin to nine twice after applying all-out, full-court pressure - the last coming with 8:28 left on a Roy layup and free-throw. After that, Lucas and DeWitz would not be denied, scoring ten of the Beavers' final 19 points. The other nine were scored by Chris Stephens and Lamar Hurd.

"We knew they were going to come with pressure and we were going to have to keep the ball moving," said John.

Mission accomplished.

Points: Roy 25, Simmons 15, Jones 9, Robinson 8, Conroy 6, Jensen 4, Williams 4, Rollins 2
Rebounds: Jones 9, Roy 6, TEAM 6, Jensen 5, Conroy 4, Rollins 3, Robinson 2, Williams 2, Simmons 1
Assists: Robinson 4, Roy 3, Jones 2, Conroy 2, Smith 2, Simmons 1, Rollins 1
Steals: Simmons 3, Robinson 3, Jensen 1, Conroy 1, Roy 1
Blocks: Roy 1, Conroy 1 Top Stories