Beavers suffer worst home loss ever at hands of Redhawks

2010-01-06T22:00:00Z Beavers suffer worst home loss ever at hands of RedhawksBy Kevin Hampton, Gazette-Times reporter Corvallis Gazette Times
January 06, 2010 10:00 pm  • 

This one came out of the blue.

The Beavers were coming off tough losses at University of Washington and Washington State, but stayed close in both games.

Seattle University was supposed to give the Oregon State men's basketball team a stiff test leading to Sunday's Civil War.

There was no indication that a record loss was around the corner.

The Beavers were handed their worst loss in Gill Coliseum and tied for the worst in school history by the Redhawks, 99-48.

Coach Craig Robinson did not sugarcoat the result. He knew exactly what he had seen.

"This was a blowout," Robinson said. "You can play a good game for part of a game and then lose by 25. This is your garden-variety blowout."

Why it happened was a little less clear. Robinson ticked off a few possible factors.

"I think this is the type of game, knowing how our teams have played in the past and how we've handled games, that you can sort of chalk this one up to whatever," he said. "Outhustled. Out-toughed. Me sort of preoccupied this week. Take your pick. Coming off of two close losses in away conference games. It could have been any of that."

The Beavers struggled to score in the first half and fell behind 41-27 at halftime.

After Joe Burton began the second half with a tip-in basket, it got worse.

The Beavers shut down completely on offense and the Redhawks hit their stride, putting together a 19-0 run that was finally broken by Jared Cunningham with 12:02 left.

Then it got even worse.

Guard Cervante Burrell blew by OSU defenders for layins and finished with 17 points. Chris Gweth, a 6-foot-1 senior guard out of Hillsboro High, scored from all angles and finished with 18. Forward Mike Boxley hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19.

The lead crested at 54 before settling at the final gap.

The game plan for OSU going in was to hold Seattle center Charles Garcia in check. Garcia came to Corvallis averaging 22.6 points and 9.7 rebounds and several NBA scouts were in attendance to evaluate his game.

Instead, Garcia found the bench with foul trouble. That should have been a plus for the Beavers, but it served as a spark for Seattle.

"I think this could have been a sociological study because what happened was we got Garcia in foul trouble," Robinson said. "They played out of desperation because their best player was in foul trouble. We thought that was the end of it. And that's a sociological problem. That's man in his environment and we didn't handle it right. We didn't read it right."

The Redhawks had five players in double figures. The Beavers had none.

Most of the 4,622 fans stayed until the end, possibly to see if Seattle would break 100.

Robinson expects his team to move on and not allow the game to do any more damage. The Beavers don't have much time to wallow in pity because they have a trip to Eugene to make.

"I don't think this will linger over very long," he said. "It certainly could linger over Sunday because this was our last game, but I don't think our guys need any extra motivation to get ready for (the Civil War). They know that our opponent saw this game and is going to be licking their chops to get to us next."

Seattle 99, Oregon State 48

SEATTLE (7-9) - Boxley 7-10 1-2 19, Broussard 5-10 2-3 15, Gilmore 1-1 4-6 6, Garcia 1-3 7-8 10, Burrell 7-12 3-4 17, Lever 0-1 0-0 0, Olson 0-2 0-0 0, Gweth 8-10 0-0 18, P.Harris 2-3 0-0 5, D.Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 4-8 0-0 9. Totals 35-60 17-23 99.

OREGON ST. (6-8) - Deane 3-6 1-6 7, Schaftenaar 1-4 2-2 4, J.Tarver 1-4 0-0 3, S.Tarver 0-4 1-2 1, Haynes 4-14 1-3 9, McShane 1-2 0-2 2, Cunningham 3-8 1-2 8, Hampton 0-0 0-0 0, Richard 0-2 0-0 0, Sturner 1-3 0-2 2, Burton 1-3 0-0 2, Brandt 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Wallace 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 19-60 6-19 48.

Halftime-Seattle 41-27. 3-Point Goals-Seattle 12-21 (Boxley 4-7, Broussard 3-5, Gweth 2-2, Garcia 1-1, Jones 1-1, P.Harris 1-2, Lever 0-1, Olson 0-2), Oregon St. 4-22 (J.Tarver 1-2, Wallace 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Cunningham 1-4, McShane 0-1, Deane 0-1, Richard 0-2, Sturner 0-2, Haynes 0-4). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Seattle 47 (Broussard 9), Oregon St. 31 (Deane 5). Assists-Seattle 14 (Burrell 5), Oregon St. 9 (Cunningham, Johnson 2). Total Fouls-Seattle 18, Oregon St. 24. A-4,622.

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