OSU men's basketball: Morris-Walker emerges for Beavers

2014-02-05T00:00:00Z OSU men's basketball: Morris-Walker emerges for BeaversBy JESSE SOWA, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Statistics don’t always tell the whole story, as is the case with Langston Morris-Walker.

The sophomore guard’s emergence has been a factor in the Oregon State men’s basketball team’s recent success.

Morris-Walker doesn’t put up big numbers (3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds), but his energy and hustle plays earned him a spot in the starting lineup.

“The things he does are immeasurable because you don’t see the tipbacks he gets on rebounds that someone else gets credit for. He gets two of those a game at very critical times,” Robinson said Tuesday during his weekly media conference at Gill Coliseum.

The coach said he’s enjoyed seeing Morris-Walker, who played 13 combined minutes in the team’s first eight games, “working his way into somebody who is just irreplaceable. It’s been fun to watch.”

Nelson can play D

Robinson said Roberto Nelson’s defense on UCLA sophomore guard Jordan Adams got lost among the other high points in Sunday’s win against the Bruins.

Adams came in averaging 17.3 points for the season. He shot 0 for 9 from the field (0 for 5 on 3-pointers) and scored six points.

Nelson was a defensive target for the Bruins. Still, the senior guard scored 12 while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Cooke stays in check

Hallice Cooke knows how to keep himself in check.

The freshman point guard scored a season-high 20 points Sunday in the Beavers’ biggest win of the season. But he also realizes there’s more work to be done.

“Just don’t get comfortable. I’m just trying to be great,” Cooke said. “I learned it’s a process. There’s going to be times when there’s ups and downs. Everything’s not going to be what you want it.

“Just stay level-headed, stay modest and humble. That’s what I’ve been trying to do throughout this whole process and this whole season, and I think it’s been successful so far.”

Cooke has averaged 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and shot .521 from the floor in his seven games as a starter.

Collier playing well

Devon Collier appears to be back in his coach’s good graces after losing a starting spot and playing time earlier this season for a lack of energy and effort.

The senior forward has been coming off the bench the past seven games and has made the most of his 23.6 minutes the past five.

Collier has shot 19 of 31 in those five games and scored in double digits the past four.

“He’s embraced getting into the gym more, he’s embraced working on his game and he’s also embraced coming into the game not being a starter but finishing the game in certain situations,” Robinson said.

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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