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.
March 17, 2010
OREGON STATE HAS beaten six Pac-10 teams at least once since Craig Robinson arrived prior to last season. Playing host to UW at Gill Coliseum tonight, they'd love to add No. 7 to the list. There's a lot riding on the final regular season game headed into the Pac-10 tournament -- the Beavs could finish as high as a No. 4 seed with a win.
March 6, 2010
THE DUCKS MUST have been wondering early what was going on. Oregon State was pushing the ball on offense, hard -- not their usual modus operandi. Combined with a tenacious zone defense, long distance three-balls by Omari Johnson and electrifying play by freshman Jared Cunningham, OSU jumped out to a halftime lead. It would only get bigger in the second half.
February 6, 2010
OREGON STATE HAS had these maddening little lulls this season on the hardcourt, where in a close game they quickly -- very quickly -- fall behind by double digits in the blink of an eye. And then they spend the rest of the game trying to undo the damage down over that brief space of time. Such was again the case on Saturday, in a 62-52 loss to the Bruins.
January 31, 2010
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
CRAIG ROBINSON NEEDED this one to play out like it did. Oh, it was far from perfect, but after some recent and disheartening losses, the Beavs' second year head man needed his team to put on a second-half surge -- and to cruise to a double digit victory. And that was just what the Beavs did Saturday night at home in the 76-62 win over Mississippi Valley State.
December 19, 2009