Coming off a resounding loss the Beavers didn’t get off to a good start. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Beavers was outscored 14-4 over the next three minutes. The Beavers cut the deficit to 2 at 14-12, Stanford then went on a 11-0 run to stretch their lead to 25-12. They were getting any open looks they wanted, especially from three point range. They hit three, three pointers in that time and none of them were even contested. They had hit 5 of 8 from three in the game overall to that point. Most were at the top of the key, that’s supposed to be where it is toughest to get an open three against a zone, that shows just how bad it was.
Roberto Nelson was then inserted into the game and the game changed. He was responsible for the next 7 points.
He hit a three, drove to the rim for a lay-in and dished a ball to Omari Johnson who threw dow a dunk. He really gave the team life and they played like they wanted to win.
After Angus Brandt scored 5 straight points, the Beavers crawled back to within 4 points. Even though Stanford hit a three on their next possession, you could tell the Beavers grabbing control of the game. Roberto countered with a three to make it a 33-29 game, Jared Cunningham then added a lay-in, making it a two point game.
Stanford was able to take a 6 point lead into the halftime break, they just seemed to barely be holding on. Just got the feeling OSU was going to bust the game open in the second half.
In the back end of first half OSU looked like a completely different team. They were mixing up their defense, showing a lot of man-to-man which has been needed for a while. Roberto gave them the something extra they’ve been missing.
The Cardinal shot a sizzling 53.5%(15 for 28) from the field and 57.1%(8 for 14) from three point range. Those are some impressive numbers. Jeremy Green led the Cardinal with 11 points, including two three pointers. Anthony Brown added 10, including two three pointers as well.
The Beavers shot just 54.1%(13 of 24) from the field, including 50%(5 of 10) from three. The Beavers would probably have led at the halftime break if not for two areas, three point field goals and turnovers. They gave Stanford numerous wide open threes, they didn’t fail to convert. The Beavers also had 9 turnovers and Stanford committed just four. Hard to overcome that. You can’t a team extra chances, especially when you dug yourself a hole.
Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 10 points, including a couple threes. Ahmad Starks added 8 points, including a couple threes of his own.
Beavers were down 41-35 at the half, needing a quick second half surge to get a lead.
After the Cardinal extended their lead to 46-37 the Beavers needed an answer, they got just that. The Beavers hit their next 3 shots, including two three pointers and had a couple free throws and tied it up at 47, thanks to a 10-1 run. Of the Beavers 12 second half points to that point, Jared Cunningham had 7 and really was in a groove.
After a Joe Burton three point play, the Beavers had their first lead since 2-0 with a 50-47 lead. It didn’t last long though, as the Cardinal went on a 13-3 run, grabbing a 60-52 lead. The Beavers stopped doing what got them the lead, instead they did the things that put them in a big hole earlier. They left Stanford guards Jeremy Green and Aaron Bright wide open, they combined for three triples in consecutive possessions, all were barely contested.
The Beavers kept the deficit around the same, as Stanford had a 65-58 lead with 10 minutes left. The Beavers needed to make some plays and start playing defense. They did just that. Lathen Wallace and Calvin Haynes combined for the next 12 points, momentarily tying the game, they got it to 73-70 and were looking to get over the hump.
After buckets by Cunningham and Burton, the Beavers finally had reclaimed the lead 74-73. Stanford got the lead back briefly, but these Beavers weren’t going to let slip through their fingers.
Calvin Haynes hit a enormous three to put the Beavers up 77-75, Stanford would counter with a lay-in by Dwight Powell to re-tie it. Cunningham then had a three point play to give the Beavers a 80-77 lead with 1:29 left.
Devon Collier extended the lead to 82-77 with 35 seconds left, it looked all over. Stanford made a lay-in but the Beavers sent Cunningham to the free throw line to pretty much ice it. Then I saw the bonehead play of the year. Calvin Haynes instead of lining up behind the three point properly, stood in front of it and cost the Beavers a point. It was an inexcusable mistake that could have come back to haunt the Beavers.
The Beavers would hold on though, winning 87-80. One of the most rollercoaster games all year. A lot like the Beavers season, some good and some bad. At least they were able to finish this game.
Stanford shot 52.7%(29 for 55), including a sizzling 52%(13 for 25) from three point range. Hard to believe they lost and shot like that. They did have 14 turnovers which really hurt.
Jeremy Green led the Cardinal in scoring with 24 points, Aaron Bright added 15 on 5 shots, all 5 were three pointers. That’s the definition of on fire.
The Beavers shot a white hot 61.5%(32 for 52), including 67.8%(19 for 28) in the second half. The Beavers shot 47.4%(9 of 19) from three point range. That means they shot a mind boggling 69.6%(23 of 33) on two pointers for the game. That’s just a ridiculous stat.
Jared Cunningham was the definition of efficient. He had 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 8 of 8 from the foul line. Hard to be much better than that. Best thing was how well he set up his teammates and didn’t force his shots.
Calvin Haynes was unusually efficient as well. He was 5 of 9 for 14 points. He didn’t force many shots and actually played within the flow of the offense. I would like to see him do that a little more often.
Roberto Nelson finally got his chance and he turned the game around. He was burying threes and creating so well for others. If they leaned on him more he could do even more. He had 12 points on just 7 shots.
With the win Oregon State moved to 10-16 on the year, 5-10 in Pac-10 play. With the loss Stanford fell to 13-14, 6-10 in Pac-10 play.