In a game that had everything, the Oregon State men’s basketball took down Charlotte 83-70.
There were dunks, threes raining all over the place and scoring runs.
“We were able to build a lead, take a shot, build the lead out again, take a shot and then win the game, and we hadn’t done that all year long. So from that standpoint, that was a terrific win,” said head coach Craig Robinson.
After a Devon Collier free throw and a three-pointer by Ahmad Starks, the Beavers grabbed a 65-45 lead early in the second half, a gap the 49ers couldn’t close.
But it wasn’t without try. Charlotte barraged Oregon State with their own set of threes, at one point hitting three consecutively, but it was effective shot selection from Oregon State that kept the 49ers from getting within striking distance.
“It was one of those games we needed to get off our back,” said Calvin Haynes. “We needed to get this win. This was a game we needed to finish as a team.”
Haynes, coming out of a slump, torched the 49ers with 27 points.
“Yeah, it did feel good,” Haynes said. “You know, all the work I’d been putting in, it finally showed off.”
OSU freshman forward Devon Collier earned his first start of the night in replacement of sophomore Angus Brandt, and he didn’t disappoint, grabbing four rebounds while scoring 12 points.
“I was pumped up,” said Collier. “I was excited. The adrenaline was rushing through me, because the first five minutes I got tired. I’m just trying to help the team win.”
Senior Omari Johnson may have been the most productive player on the basketball court, which is becoming an OSU norm.
“You know, what happens? Omari’s been so good so consistently, it’s like regular for him, and he had a great game,” Robinson said. “We’re getting so used to him doing it, it’s like his normal line.”
His line? Try 16 points on 7-11 shooting, 3-5 from three, 12 rebounds, four offensive rebounds, three assists, two steals.
Up next, the Beavers will travel to Washington D.C. to take on Howard. Without a Thanksgiving for the players — they’ll be on the road — Robinson said he’s going to talk to people at the White House, security and all, and see if him and his team can get a tour, and maybe even a Thanksgiving meal.
The Beavers haven’t won on the road yet, so there’s a standard to break — can’t be a good team when you only win at home.
And they’ll depart at 2:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. That’s 2:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, just after a 7 p.m.
The Howard is set for 1 p.m. PT Saturday.
Update: After a transition 3-pointer from Ahmad Starks in the corner to bring the crowd to its feet, Oregon State has taken a 65-45 point lead with 11:59 left in the game.
Robinson has been very animated all night. His orders from the middle of the first half have turned to praises. Now, it’s up to the team to buckle down and see if they can put this one away for once this season.
While writing: Charlotte had the basketball with the clock winding down, and Robinson kept yelling, “He’s shootin’ it!” over and over again until the shot clock ran out on the 49ers. Lots of chuckles from he crowd.
The Oregon State men’s basketball team was all over the Charlotte 49ers in the first half of Wednesday’s game, leading 44-35. The Beavers opened up on an 8-2 run led by Calvin Haynes. Haynes, the Beavers’ returning scoring leader, struggled the first three games this season, but finished the front end of tonight’s game with 17 points. The senior shot 5-6 in the first half, 3-3 from beyond the arc to spark OSU’s — so far this season — stagnant perimeter game.
OSU’s Jared Cunningham has five steals so far, and the Beavers have forced Charlotte into 12 turnovers compared to their six.
A contribution not as visible on the stat sheet is Omari Johnson, who became a monstrous force on both sides of the basketball. Defensively, he’s tipping passes, grabbing rebounds (5) and contesting shots, mostly 3-pointers from the sharp shooting 49ers. He has eight points for the Beavers to go along with two assists.
Craig Robinson’s 1-3-1 defense has created fits for the 49ers: 10 of Charlotte’s 12 turnovers were steals.
FG - 39.1%
3FG - 50%
FT - 78.6%
FG - 55.2%
3FG - 41.7%
FT - 87.5%
Best play: A steal by Haynes to streaking Cunningham for a Tomahawk jam.
Since it is Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, and students are out of school for a four day break, we won’t be running a normal Barometer issue tomorrow. Our substitute? This blog right here. Save this link for game updates throughout the night.
Oregon State football meets USC this Saturday in Reser Stadium, and in an effort to help improve the spectacle, OSU Athletics is asking for an official “Orange Out”.
The Beavers must win two of their final three games in order to become bowl eligible, and the team has said it will do all it can to win the remaining competitions. But they call for greater fan support during these down times.
“A sea of orange at Reser Stadium will inspire the team,” Riley said in a release by OSU Athletics. “There is no question Beaver Nation has played a vital role in our big wins and we need that full support in our remaining games.”
This weekend’s meeting will be the final time the Beavers play the Trojans until 2013. With the expansion to the Pac-12 Conference coming into place next season, scheduling has put the annual rivalry at a halt. The team looks forward to this match-up, as the Beavers have knocked down a powerful Trojans team in 2006 and 2008 in Corvallis. ABC will broadcast the game live at 5 p.m.
A request for an “Orange Out” has also been made for the 114th Civil War on Dec. 4.
Through six games this season, Oregon State football fans have seen their team in Corvallis twice–against Louisville (September 18) and Arizona State (October 2). OSU has played eight of the past 11 games away, and the 28-day absence is the longest streak in the country.
For this Saturday’s Homecoming game against California, it will feel more like a uniting of long-distance lovers than football.
Reser Stadium might be filled if the unpredictable autumn weather doesn’t deter attendees. Two-hundred-forty Club seats and a few ADA (handicap) seats are still available, Sports Information said.
But this is just the start of things to come for Beaver Nation. OSU will play four of its final six games at home, including No. 24 (AP) USC and No. 1 Oregon.
The announcement last week regarding the future divisional split of the Pac-12 Conference was met with mixed reactions.
Coaches and players have grown accustomed to playing each conference opponent in the Pac-10, but with the 2011 arrival of Utah from the Mountain West Conference and Colorado from the Big-12 Conference, a complete round-robin is out of the question.
Commissioner Larry Scott, last week, presented the proposed North and South divisions. Oregon State will play with North foes Washington, Washington State, Oregon, California and Stanford; with Utah and Colorado joining the Arizona and Southern California schools in the South, Northwest programs will have to settle with a visit to Los Angeles–a major recruiting hot-spot–every other year. The new alignment plans have teams play three non-conference games, each member of its division and four of six cross-division members every season.
“I don’t think I’m a real big fan of the way they split it up,” safety Lance Mitchell said. “We like to play those Arizona teams, those Southern California teams.”
Mitchell is just one of many Beavers on the roster from the Southwest region. Recruiting in talent-rich California is important for the OSU program to continue, and some speculate not having annual games in Los Angeles will hurt the team.
“I don’t think it’s going to affect the recruiting of Oregon State, because of the program we have here,” Mitchell said. “But I would rather go down to L.A. every year.”
Quarterback Ryan Katz, however, thinks it might have more of an impact.
“There’s a lot of people from Southern California on this football team and a lot of the Northwest football teams, so not going to play in front of your home crowd, taking another trip back home, I think that’s a big deal in the sense of kids from Southern California,” he said.
Hello Beaver fans and more,
We have finally brought the Barometer sports blog back, which means stories and updates get to you, the reader, quicker. Keep our link handy and updates will be up daily to keep you up to speed with Oregon State athletics. There will be plenty of chances to make constructive comments and interact with us and your fellow readers. And as always, thank you for your reads.