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OSU comeback falls just short

Beavers rally from 17 down, but miss Final Four berth
Staff Report

How close were the Oregon State Beavers to reaching the Final Four Monday?

About three minutes, a few missed free throws and some defensive rebounds.

The 12th-seeded Oregon State men's basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to tie second-seeded Houston with 3:48 left, but the Cougars hit a 3-pointer with 3:21 left - after one of their 19 offensive rebounds, and the Beavers could not hit another basket until five seconds remained on the way to a 67-61 loss in the Midwest Regional final. The Beavers, who had been shooting 88 percent at the free-throw line, hit just 11 of 20 attempts in the game and were outrebounded 41-29.

Overall, Houston had 62 field-goal attempts to just 47 for the Beavers.

Maurice Calloo had 13 points off the bench to lead OSU. Ethan Thompson scored 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting. No other Oregon State player reached double figures.

Houston, which led 34-17 at halftime, reached its first Final Four since 1984.

Oregon State has not been to the Final Four since 1963.

Having scored a season-low of 17 points in the first half, and with Thompson scoring just one point, the Beavers made their rally behind a shifting zone defense, and reached 38 points in just 10 minutes. But, they still trailed by 14. Then, the game turned and the Beavers cut the deficit to 52-48 with 6:29 left on a tip-in by Roman Silva.

After trading baskets, Gianni Hunt hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 55 with 3:438 left.

The Beavers, though, got off just four field-goal attempts for the remainder of the game, with Thompson making a lay-up to cut the deficit to 64-58, and Calloo hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left for the final score.

Houston made nine of 12 free-throw attempts in the final three minutes.

Oregon State finished at 20-13 on the season, having reached the Elite 8 for the first time since 1984. The team won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament as well.



Beavers keep postseason hopes alive

OSU's women beat Oregon at Pac-12 Basketball Tourney to reach semis
Staff Report

A slow start didn't stop the Oregon State women's basketball team from playing its way into the semifinals of the Pac-12 Conference women's basketball team with a 71-64 win over rival Oregon in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon.

OSU outscored the Ducks 50-30 in the middle two quarters and withstood a late rally to win its fifth straight game and second at the tournament, improving to 11-6 in the process.

Oregon, ranked No. 19, fell behind by as many as 15 in the third quarter before rallying to within 66-62 with 57 seconds remaining. The Ducks, who have been in the Top 10, dropped to 13-8, but are still a solid pick for the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman guard Talia Van Oelhoffen had 19 points off the bench, and senior Aleah Goodman scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the Beavers, who beat Cal Wednesdat night to advance to the game with Oregon.

Van Oelhoffen, who scored 20 against the Bears Wednesday, hit seven of 16 shots in 31 minutes, and also grabbed six rebounds. She connected on a free throw with the score 66-62 and 34 seconds left. Oregon missed two three-point shots on the ensuing possession and Goodman connected on four consecutive free throws to close the game out.

Taylor Mikesell had 24 points to lead the Ducks, who also got 16 points from Nyara Sabally.

Oregon, which lost to OSU Sunday, has lost five of its last six games, although four of those games are to Top-12 teams.

Oregon State has won eight of its last nine games - around a series of cancellations.





Ducks finally score a "W"

Oregon ends seven-year losing streak to Oregon State
Staff report

The national rankings don't say it, but in what could easily be described as an upset, the Oregon women's basketball team beat Oregon State 75-63 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, ending a 14-game losing streak to its in-state rival.

The Ducks, ranked No. 7, lost Friday in overtime to the 18-ranked Beavers, but rolled to a win before a home crowd of 7,249 fans and back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific 12 Conference.

"I’m really happy for the Ducks today," Oregon coach Kelly Graves told media members after the game. "Great crowd, great atmosphere for women’s basketball.”

Oregon, which led by as many as 27 points, improved to 18-3 overall, and 7-1 in conference games. The Ducks held OSU to seven points in the first quarter and led 40-18 at halftime. Oregon's last win in the series came in 2011.

Oregon State dropped to 14-5, 5-3.

Satou Sabally led Oregon with 21 points. She tallied just three in the loss Friday.

Sabrina Ionescu added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing all 40 minutes. She played all 45 minutes Friday.

Kat Tudor led the Beavers with 17 points, while Marie Gulich added 16 points and 10 rebounds.



Beavers finally beat Stanford

OSU women end streak of 29 straight losses to Cardinal
Jan. 17, 2016

Corvallis - Senior guard Deven Hunter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and No. 12 Oregon State stunned No. 11 Stanford 58-50 Sunday night.

Spurred on by a roaring Gill Coliseum crowd of 4,314, the Beavers (14-3, 5-1 Pac-12) ended the game on a 23-4 run to erase a decade of frustration against Stanford (14-4, 4-2). It was OSU’s first win over the Cardinal since Jan. 11, 2001, ending a streak of 29 consecutive losses in the series.

“It’s hard to put this one into words,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “This was a great basketball game tonight. You know you’re going to get Stanford’s absolute A game, especially in a game like this one. For 30 minutes it was a struggle, and then things changed.

“The last 12-13 minutes of this game were a blur, and that’s a stretch of basketball no one here will ever forget. This is only one game, but it’s a significant one for us, and I’m so proud of the we we competed today.”

Hunter rained home a career-high five 3-point baskets in seven attempts and was 7 of 12 from the field overall in recording the ninth double-double of her career. She had eight points in the fourth quarter, when OSU outscored Stanford 28-10 to erase a 40-30 deficit.

Senior guard Jamie Weisner added 18 points, six assists and four steals and helped spark the comeback with 12 fourth-quarter points. Her 3-pointer from the right wing with 57 seconds to play was the dagger in the heart, as it gave the Beavers an insurmountable 55-48 advantage and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The Beavers trailed 46-35 with 7:07 to play when the game turned 180-degrees on its axis going on a 17-0 run. Hunter scored a layup with 6:45 to play, then hit a 3-pointer off a Weisner assist with 6:14 to play to draw OSU within 46-40.

OSU beats WSU, keeps Pac-12 pace

A series sweep has the Beavers still in third place in the tight standings race
Feb. 5, 2015

CORVALLIS - Junior forward Jarmal Reid scored a career-high 20 points and Oregon State remained undefeated at home with a gritty 55-50 victory over Washington State on Thursday night before a crowd of 5,502 at Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) improved to 13-0 at Gill Coliseum, its best home start since the 1979-80 club also won 13 straight to start the season. OSU snapped a two-game losing streak and swept the season series with the Cougars (10-12, 4-6).

OSU took the lead for good, 46-44, on a three-pointer by junior guard Langston Morris-Walker with 4:35 remaining. Junior guard Malcolm Duvivier added a layup with 3:08 left for a 49-44 advantage and Reid stretched the margin to 51-44 with a jumper at 2:27.

After a WSU 3-pointer, Reid scored on a layup with 47 seconds to play for a 53-47 advantage. Following another WSU 3-pointer, Reid hit two free throws with 20 seconds left for the final margin.

Duvivier added 15 points and four assists and junior guard Gary Payton II had 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Beavers were outrebounded 43-34 and were cold from the field (21-54), from deep (3-14) or from the line (10-22). But they erased a nine-point first-half deficit, won the turnover battle 12-5, outscored WSU 25-18 in the second half and 15-8 off turnovers.

The Pats' Pick, Dame and the Beavs

The latest episode of Sportsland delves into the big stories for the week
Groundhog Day, 2015

It's Portland's turn to talk Super Bowl, and what motivated the Seattle Seahawks to call anything other than a run to Marshawn Lynch to wrap up a win over New England. Perhaps it was just a way to give someone else besides Lynch - the loudmouthed interviewee - a chance to get the publicity, that someone being quarterback Russell Wilson.

Co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber talk up the Super Bowl, as well as what motivated the NBA to avoid putting hometown hero Damian Lillard on the NBA All-Star team for the second-straight year. Anti-Portland senitment? Whatever is was, the show delves into that.

Also, Oregon State men's basketball. Last week, the Beavers were looking like a team that could potentially play its way into the NCAA Tournament. Then, they hit the Arizona schools on the road, and looked like a team desitined for an early exit from the Pac-12 Tournament.

Not so for the OSU women's squad, which continues to impress the nation by blowing out every opponent on their conference schedule.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.


Oregon schools take a beating Thursday night

Ducks, Beavers, Pilots and Vikings all lose conference games
Jan. 15, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

It was just four days ago that Oregon State celebrated its first men's basketball upset of a Top-10 team in 15 years with a massive celebration on the Gill Coliseum court. Thursday, it was back to business in the Pac-12 at Washington, and the Huskies brought the Beavers back to Earth.

And two of their in-state brothers, Washington State and Eastern Washington, also scored wins over their Oregon rivals - the Ducks and Portland State Vikings, respectively.

Add in the University of Portland's loss to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, and the state went 0-4 in Div. I basketball Thursday, something that hasn't happened in ... a time that some guys from STATS, Inc., would have to look up.

Oregon's four Div. I schools are successful enough these days that having all four lose on the same day is a big unusual, although none of them have stood out during the regular season to a Top 25 level for any length of time. Oregon played close to that level, and then won the Pac-12 Tournament title two years ago, but got seeded lower in the NCAA Tournament than it did last year when it didn't hit the level of play from 2013.

So, what is the state of basketball in Oregon? Currently, it's pretty routine, although that's not a bad thing as none of the four schools is going to play its way into the NCAA Tournament in January. They're each going to focus on winning their conference tournament and getting an automatic berth.

Here's a brief look at the four schools.

Oregon, which has been to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, is 14-5 overall, and 2-2 in Pac-12 play having beaten Oregon State in its conference opener, split with the Arizona schools, and lost to Washington State in overtime Thursday. The Ducks got run over by Arizona last week, but have played at a level that makes them at least a consideration to score a significant coup by winning the Pac-12 Tournament when it plays out in Las Vegas beginning March 11 at the MGM Grand Arena. Oregon has never been to the NCAA Tournament three years in a row.

Oregon State is 11-5, 2-2 after its loss at Washington, and has the challenge of beating the rest of the conference with only eight scholarship players in coach Wayne Tinkle's first season. That number got hit, too, on Thursday when it's third-leading scorer, Victor Robbins earned a 10-game suspension for violating a team rule. Ten games, though, still gives him a few games to get back into the system before the tournament, and showing off their win over No. 7 Arizona last week makes a case the team can play with anyone in the conference on its best days. A tournament title would end a 25-year streak of missing out on the Big Dance.

Portland is 11-7, 2-4 in the WCC after a 80-69 loss at LMU, but the Pilots have some energy available in the form of Kevin Bailey, the team's leading scorer who missed most of December and the first week of January with a foot injury. He's returned, but is working to relocate his form. In Thursday's loss, he hit just one of 10 shots from the field, and finished with five points. But, the conference tournament is seven weeks away, and that's when the team needs to hit on all cylinders - starting March 7 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

And, Portland State is 8-7, 2-3 in the Big Sky Conference after a 92-85 loss at home to the Eagles. The Vikings are the longest-shot to win their conference title, as their roster is thin in the paint, and the team hasn't won back-to-back games against Div. I schools since November. The BSC Tournament begins March 12 at the regular-season champions home gym. PSU needs to finish in the top eight of the 12-team standings in order to qualify to the tournament.






Beavers score big upset over Arizona

Late basket shocks the seventh-ranked Wildcats, 58-56
Jan. 11, 2015

CORVALLIS - Langston Morris-Walker made a go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left to lift Oregon State to a 58-56 win over No. 7 Arizona before a fired-up crowd of 6,131 at Gill Coliseum Sunday night.

Morris-Walker drove uncontested from just beyond the 3-point line, then the Beavers held on for their first win over a Top 10 team since 2000 - over Arizona.

Morris-Walker had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Gary Payton II had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers (11-4, 2-1 Pac-12). Oregon State shot 51 percent from the field (20 of 39), and outrebounded the Wildcats 32-26.

T.J. McConnell had 13 points and six assists, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points for the Wildcats (14-2, 2-1), one of three teams ranked in the top 7 to lose Sunday. No. 2 Duke lost to N.C. State, and fourth-ranked Wisconsin lost to Rutgers.

OSU trailed 50-47 with 5:25 left when Malcolm Duvivier sparked a 9-2 run with a lay-up. The Beavers led 56-52 - their largest lead for either team in the second half - with 1:33 left, when Arizona rallied behind a 3-pointer by McConnell and a free throw by Hollis-Jefferson with 50 seconds remaining. Morris-Walker scored on the ensuing possession.

McConnell missed an off-balance shot with 1 second left and the Gill Coliseum crowd celebrated first-year coach Wayne Tinkle’s first major upset.

Lady Vols hand Beavs first loss

OSU gives the SEC power a handful before falling 74-63 on the road
Dec. 28, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore guard Sydney Wiese scored 19 points, but the No. 10 Oregon State women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season 74-63 to No. 8 Tennessee Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 11,123 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Beavers (10-1) were in the game from start to finish, in a contest that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes. Oregon State led by two with 13 minutes to play, and trailed Tennessee (10-2) by just five with less than two minutes remaining.

“I’m really proud of our effort, and the way this team approached the game mentally,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “We were ready to play right from the first minute. We were playing in front of a huge crowd, and that didn’t faze us a bit. I thought this was a great 40-minute battle. We’re disappointed that we came up short, but I’m proud of the effort. This is a game we will continue to grow from as we head into conference play.”

The Beavers open Pac-12 play Saturday, when they head to Southern California to take on UCLA.

Junior center Ruth Hamblin etched her name into the Oregon State record book in the contest, recording two blocks to become the new Oregon State record holder with 209 in her career. Hamblin passed Brina Chaney who set the OSU record back in 2004. Hamblin’s record-breaking rejection came nine seconds into the second half, as she blocked a shot from Bashaara Graves.

Hamblin finished the game with eight points and 12 rebounds, while Wiese shot 3-for-7 from three-point range and tallied six assists. Senior Ali Gibson scored 14 points in the contest, 12 of which came in the second half. Sophomore Gabriella Hanson recorded 10 points in 19 minutes of playing time.

Tennessee used an early 8-0 run to jump out to a five-point lead within the first few minutes, but Wiese got the Beavers back on the board with a three-pointer to end the run. Oregon State surged back to take the lead 20-18 at the second media timeout. The teams traded punches from there, as the Beavers would take a 34-29 lead late in the first half, before the Lady Vols carried a 35-34 edge into the intermission.

Wiese had 15 points at the break, while Hanson joined her in double-figures with 10.

The Beavers retook the lead early in the second half, behind four early layups from Gibson. Tennessee would bounce back from there, to take the advantage midway through the closing frame. The Beavers would fight had to keep the game within striking distance until the final minute, when Tennessee stretched the lead to double figures from the free-throw line.

“This team is just continuing to get better and better,” Rueck said. “There’s a lot that we did well today, and there’s a lot that we can learn from. Every game is a positive if you take it that way. We will get a lot better from this moving forward.”

The Lady Vols shot 34 free throws in the contest, compared to nine free throw attempts for Oregon State.

Beavers looking sexy on court

OSU's basketball team has completely turned around under new coach
Dec. 22, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Are those the Oregon State Beavers at 8-3 as a basketball team?

Were it not for a wildly sub-par performance Sunday afternoon in Connecticut, they'd be 9-2 and possibly even getting some votes in the Top 25.

Wow, what a turnaround from the past six years when the program was competitive, but didn't stand out as being even remotely worthy of national attention beyond coach Craig Robinson's brother-in-law.

This season, coach Wayne Tinkle has the Beavers looking like - they might finish ahead of Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. At least OSU supporters can ponder if that's possible.

Heck, it's not just the record, but the victories that get some attention starting with DePaul on Thursday. It wasn't just a victory, but a shellacking - 90-59 - at Gill Coliseum. That followed a 71-43 win over Grambling State three days earlier. Maybe it was the water in Corvallis ... that didn't transfer to the East Coast where the team lost 60-52 to Quinnipiac Sunday.

Tinkle, who got a nod as "Sexiest Coach in America" by a female writer last season, has a team of "Bad News Beavers" sparking attention to team records. When was the last time the Beavers reached the NCAA Tournament? The year was 1990. A whole century ago. The team hasn't finished as high as fifth since 2010, and hasn't finished higher than that since 1990, the year after Ralph Miller retired and left successor Jimmy Anderson with a team capable of winning the conference title.

Last season, OSU finished 16-16 and 8-10 in conference games, matching it's top conference win total for the previous 21 years.

Oregon State has finished with a winning record just twice in the last 24 years.

The Beavers, who have four players with passports to play here, are off until a home game with UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 30, then travel to Eugene for a January 3rd game with the Ducks, who are also 8-3, but with a far less impressive resume so far. Oregon, though, has a program that responds to late-season pressure, so 8-3 is just fine. Oregon State is a program that simply needs to respond to every game, and it's been doing that this season in a way it hasn't for decades.



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