OMARI JOHNSON DIDN'T take the bait. After forcing another Oregon turnover, Johnson slowed it down rather than try for a fast break deuce. And therein lies the reason the Beavs came away with a crossroads 64-57 victory Sunday night over in-state rival and Pac-10 leading Oregon -- the Beavs imposed their pace of play on the road. And Oregon, in the end, couldn't keep up.
January 11, 2010
THE TWO GAMES PLAYED OUT a little differently on the hardcourt, but the end result was the same. The Beavs lost 65-60 to Washington State on Saturday night, after coming up short on Thursday to Washington by a 76-70 margin in Seattle. Against Wazzu, the Beavs clawed back from a 10-point second half deficit to tie the game twice in the closing minutes, but couldn't climb over the top.
January 3, 2010
BY ALL RIGHTS, the Beavers shouldn't have been in it at halftime of their first round game in the CBI against Houston. Oregon State couldn't buy a bucket, and the only thing that kept them close after 20 minutes was that Houston was actually shooting the ball worse. But a block by Omari Johnson led to a Beaver resurgence and Oregon State advanced to the quarterfinals with a 49-45 win.
March 18, 2009
OREGON STATE HAD just played a solid first half in their opening round Pac-10 Tournament game. They had energy on defense, were moving well on both ends of the court and took a seven point lead into the locker room. But it all came unraveled in the opening minutes of the second half.
March 11, 2009
IT DIDN'T LOOK good. Oregon State trailed by 12 in the second half and Cal was physically pushing them around. But the Beavs pushed back. And they did it with defense. That keyed some pinpoint passing and inside points. It also opened up some long range buckets. The end result was a rim rattling, defense swarming 65-54 beat down of Cal -- and something last seen in Corvallis 20 years ago.
February 21, 2009
IF THE STATISTICS, numbers, facts and figures are any indication, the tilt on the hardcourt today between Oregon State (10-13, 4-8) and Washington State (13-11, 5-7) will be a tightly contested, defensive matchup characterized by few fouls. Last time, the Cougs needed a spirited second half comeback to notch a win in overtime. By the numbers, from 1 to 100, on Oregon State at Washington State.
February 14, 2009
USUALLY AROUND THIS TIME of year the only thing that's on the mind is Signing Day, when the year long efforts of the Oregon State staff will culminate in the football recruiting class. So why is it today that more and more Beaver fans are instead occupied with thoughts of Oregon State on the hardcourt, and the hoops Civil War on tap?
January 31, 2009
THE PRIMARY CONCERN coming into the Stanford game on the road was the start -- how would the Beavers respond out of the gate after knocking off Cal earlier in the week. Strong, as it turned out, as OSU blasted out to a 16-2 edge. The Cardinal made charge after charge in the second half but Oregon State had the answer each time, and won at Stanford for the first time since 1993.
January 24, 2009