Beavers turn it over in Tucson, lose 70-59

2011-03-03T23:45:00Z Beavers turn it over in Tucson, lose 70-59By Kevin Hampton, Gazette-Times reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

TUCSON - The Oregon State men's basketball team went to Tucson looking for a season sweep of Arizona.

The No. 18 Wildcats needed a win to hold on to their designs on a Pacific-10 Conference title.

The Beavers kept it close but couldn't quite pull off the upset in a 70-59 loss.

Turnovers plagued the Beavers.

The Beavers (10-18, 5-12) had 22 turnovers, all but eight in the first half, enabling the Wildcats (24-6, 13-4) to build an 11-point halftime lead.

"You can't win a game against a ranked team on the road with that many turnovers," OSU coach Craig Robinson said. "It's pretty simple."

The turnovers erased some good statistics by the Beavers.

OSU outrebounded the Wildcats 32-23, held Derrick Williams to 15 points and shot 50 percent (24 for 48) from the field.

"Then you get to the turnovers and that's the reason why you lose the game," Robinson said.

Arizona's trips to the free-throw line compounded the turnover troubles.

Arizona hit 15 of 22 free throws to OSU's 7 of 13.

The UA lead dipped below 10 a few times in the second half.

Omari Johnson scored off a nifty inbounds pass and Joe Burton tipped in his own miss to make it 50-43.

The Wildcats came right back with back-to-back 3-pointers.

Arizona made 5 of 22 for the game, but Kyle Fogg and Lamont Jones hit two that mattered the most.

That gave the Wildcats a 57-43 lead that the Beavers could not overcome.

"(Those shots) were big and that's what good teams do. They have a lot of ways to beat you," Robinson said. "When you stop them one way and then another way, they have a third way."

The Beavers' struggles with turnovers began in the first half.

The Beavers turned it over 14 times and were outscored 22-10 over the last 10 minutes of the half and trailed 34-23 at the break.

Arizona made 10 of 14 free throws.

Williams, who was averaging 19.1 points, got off to a good start with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

He wasn't as big a factor in the second half with two more points and two more rebounds.

Like the Cal game last Saturday, it got a little chippy on the court.

Devon Collier was hit with a technical foul for raising his elbow and bumping Williams.

Angus Brandt was also T'd up for reacting after getting knocked to the floor.

Robinson was probably not overjoyed with the technicals but was happy with how his players did not back down in the hostile environment.

"It was good to see guys stepping up for themselves and stepping up for each other," Robinson said.

Collier had 12 points and eight rebounds and Burton added 10 points and five boards.

(18) Arizona 70, Oregon State 59

OREGON ST. (10-18) - Johnson 4-8 0-0 9, Collier 3-4 6-10 12, Brandt 4-5 1-2 9, Cunningham 3-6 0-0 7, Starks 3-10 0-0 8, McShane 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Burton 5-8 0-1 10, Haynes 1-3 0-0 2, Deane 0-0 0-0 0, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 24-48 7-13 59.

ARIZONA (24-6) - Williams 5-8 5-10 15, Perry 2-3 3-4 7, Hill 4-9 2-2 10, Jones 6-11 4-4 17, Fogg 3-9 0-0 9, Natyazhko 0-0 0-0 0, Parrom 4-8 1-2 10, Mayes 1-2 0-0 2, Lavender 0-1 0-0 0, Horne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 15-22 70.

Halftime-Arizona 34-23. 3-Point Goals-Oregon St. 4-14 (Starks 2-6, Cunningham 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Haynes 0-1, Brandt 0-1), Arizona 5-22 (Fogg 3-8, Jones 1-3, Parrom 1-4, Mayes 0-1, Horne 0-1, Williams 0-1, Lavender 0-1, Hill 0-3). Fouled Out-Brandt. Rebounds-Oregon St. 32 (Collier, Johnson 8), Arizona 23 (Williams 12). Assists-Oregon St. 14 (Burton, Collier, Haynes 3), Arizona 17 (Fogg 6). Total Fouls-Oregon St. 20, Arizona 16. Technicals-Brandt, Collier, Williams. A-14,588.

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