OSU men's basketball: Beavers struggle to Pac-12 loss to Washington

2014-02-22T15:05:00Z 2014-02-22T18:32:57Z OSU men's basketball: Beavers struggle to Pac-12 loss to WashingtonBy JESSE SOWA, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 22, 2014 3:05 pm  • 

Some serious air came out of the tires of Oregon State’s postseason hopes Saturday afternoon.

A Gill Coliseum home crowd hopeful of seeing the Beavers get back to .500 in Pac-12 Conference play instead saw possibly their team’s poorest all-around performance of the season.

An equally hungry Washington team dominated the final 29 minutes of play to take an 86-62 win in a contest that saw a normally strong OSU rebounding squad get beat 43-23 on the boards.

The Beavers (14-12, 6-8 Pac-12) shot a respectable 25 of 52 overall but allowed the Huskies (15-13, 7-8) to go 39 of 68 for 57.4 percent, an OSU opponent’s best in the last 12 games.

Add in shooting 9 of 22 at the free-throw line — by far a season low at 40.9 percent — as further evidence the Beavers weren’t themselves.

“We could have played a lot better, man,” said OSU senior guard Roberto Nelson, who had a team-high 17 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds. “We’ve all got to play better … especially when we’re playing for the stakes that we’re playing for and the stuff that’s on the line.”

The loss didn’t end the chances of continuing the season should the Beavers fall short of winning the Pac-12 Tournament during the second week of March in Las Vegas and claiming the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

But the road gets a little steeper with every defeat.

OSU has two days off before returning to practice Tuesday in preparation for a two-game road trip to Los Angeles, started with a Thursday night game at USC (10-16, 1-12).

“I think right now everyone can just marinate on this loss for a little bit before anything gets said,” senior center Angus Brandt said. “There’s something obviously that has to change so this doesn’t happen again.”

Brandt and fellow post Devon Collier each scored 10 points.

UW senior guard C.J. Wilcox broke out of a minor slump, leading six Huskies players in double figures with 23. Teammate Andrew Andrews, a sophomore guard and Portland product, added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Washington had three players with eight rebounds or more, led by 11 from Desmond Simmons to go with his 10 points.

The game got away from the Beavers after Nelson’s conventional 3-point play gave the Beavers a 25-19 lead with 9:19 left in the first half.

Washington ended the half on a 25-8 run, with the first seven points from Wilcox and eight more from Andrews.

The Huskies controlled the rebounds (23-14) and points in the paint (28-14) in building a 44-33 halftime lead.

Washington kept the pressure on and pushed the lead to 59-40 less than four minutes into the second half.

OSU center Daniel Gomis then fueled a 7-0 Beavers run with four points and a block that led to a Malcolm Duvivier 3-pointer.

But the Huskies scored the next nine and ended the OSU threat.

OSU gave up 40 or more points in two halves of a game for the third time all season, but the second time in a week after Oregon did the same against the Beavers last Sunday.

“I don’t know what it was today,” Brandt said.” Just couldn’t find that spot, couldn’t find that good chemistry, good gel, whatever you want to call it, to play good defense.”

Beavers coach Craig Robinson said he could only guess why his team played so flat after leading early.

“I suspect it’s the enormity of the situation. We just looked like we were a step slow and a step behind on loose balls,” Robinson said.

He said the performance was “out of character” for his team and the rebounding “has everything to do with your mental state, I think.”

Robinson took the blame for his team not being prepared for what could have been a significant building block with just four regular-season games remaining.

“I don’t think we’re checked out, we have too much at stake, you know,” the coach said. “The enormity of uncharted territory can sometimes be overwhelming.”

Washington 86, Oregon St. 62

WASHINGTON (15-13) — Williams-Goss 7-10 0-0 14, Andrews 6-10 2-2 15, Wilcox 10-16 0-0 23, Simmons 5-12 0-0 10, Kemp, Jr. 4-5 2-2 10, Johnson 0-3 0-2 0, Blackwell 6-9 0-0 12, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Sterling 0-0 0-0 0, Dierickx 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-68 4-6 86.

OREGON STATE (14-12) — Cooke 1-6 1-3 3, Brandt 4-9 1-3 10, Morris-Walker 1-3 0-0 2, Moreland 3-6 0-0 6, Nelson 8-14 1-1 17, Robbins 0-2 0-0 0, Barton 1-1 0-0 2, N'diaye 0-0 0-0 0, Duvivier 1-3 0-0 3, Gomis 2-2 2-4 6, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Schaftenaar 1-2 0-0 3, Reid 0-0 0-2 0, Collier 3-4 4-9 10. Totals 25-52 9-22 62.

Halftime — Washington 44-33. 3-Point Goals — Washington 4-12 (Wilcox 3-7, Andrews 1-1, Johnson 0-1, Williams-Goss 0-3), Oregon St. 3-14 (Brandt 1-2, Schaftenaar 1-2, Duvivier 1-2, Morris-Walker 0-1, Cooke 0-3, Nelson 0-4). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Washington 43 (Simmons 11), Oregon St. 23 (Nelson 8). Assists — Washington 20 (Williams-Goss 10), Oregon St. 12 (Collier, Nelson 3). Total Fouls — Washington 18, Oregon St. 13. A — 5,280.

Sports reporter Jesse Sowa can be reached at 541-758-9565 or jesse.sowa@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSowaGT

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