OSU men's basketball: Beavers get fired up to beat Utah by 18

2013-02-06T23:35:00Z 2013-02-07T12:07:33Z OSU men's basketball: Beavers get fired up to beat Utah by 18By KEVIN HAMPTON, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 06, 2013 11:35 pm  • 

An elbow in the gut.

When Utah’s Jarred DuBois jabbed Roberto Nelson in the midsection, he no doubt thought he would get Nelson and the Beavers to back down.

Instead, the Beavers came back with bite and won their second Pac-12 game of the season.

OSU picked apart the Utes and took an 82-64 win in Gill Coliseum.

“If it helped fire us up, that’s good,” coach Craig Robinson said. “I liked our response to it and the guys just weren’t going to back down.”

Nelson said he wasn’t ready for DuBois’ shot and went down for a moment before popping back up.

The officials didn’t see enough video evidence to punish DuBois, but the OSU bench got a good look.

“Coach looked at the bench and said, ‘We’re going to come out and we’re going to play hard tonight,’ ” Nelson said.

“That was pretty much all we needed to get us fired up.”

The Beavers (12-11, 2-8) led 34-25 at the half and turned it on in the second.

They shot 16 of 27 from the field (59.3 percent) after the break.

Nelson finished with 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 9 for 9 from the line. He hit three 3s, two in the second half.

But it was Joe Burton’s play on both ends of the court that gave the Beavers a big spark.

Burton made a run at a triple-double, settling for 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

Burton is known for his passing abilities, but he’s been particularly effective in recent games.

“I just take what’s given and I give them the right pass and they make a shot,” Burton said. “Sometimes I put them in difficult positions, but they overcome and make the shot.”

He held Utah center Jason Washburn to two points and six rebounds.

“When you have a guy like Joe play how he did offensively and then come in and do what he did to Washburn, shut him down defensively, that’s big time,” Nelson said.

“That’s really big time.”

Burton’s defensive effort was part of what Robinson called the best of the conference season.

“And easily of a game where we played predominately man-to-man,” he said. “We communicated more on defense today than we have all season long, let alone the conference season. This is now the second half of the conference, so we are now one full year-and-a-half into playing man-to-man, so that’s just more experience doing it, so you get better.”

The Beavers outscored the Utes 32-18 in the paint, 15-8 off turnovers and had 13 second-chance points.

OSU blocked seven shots, four by Eric Moreland and three coming from Olaf Schaftenaar.

Moreland also grabbed 15 rebounds.

OSU hit 25 of 30 free throws, including eight straight to finish the game when the Utes resorted to fouling.

The line has been tough on OSU this season.

“I’m sure the guys got tired of losing games because they’re not making foul shots so they’re working on them even moreso than they have before,” Robinson said.

“Really, what it comes down to is that if you want to be a good foul shooter, you have to take a lot of foul shots when you’re not at practice and I just think guys have been doing that. They just got tired of missing them and they started to work on them.”

The Beavers host Colorado on Sunday.

Oregon State 82, Utah 64

UTAH (10-12) — Lenz 0-5 0-0 0, Washburn 1-4 0-0 2, DuBois 5-12 7-7 20, Taylor 6-11 7-11 21, Martin 0-3 0-0 0, Dean 1-4 0-0 3, Seymour 0-1 0-0 0, Mortensen 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 2-2 0-0 5, Osterloh 0-0 0-0 0, Loveridge 3-11 1-2 7, Bachynski 0-1 2-2 2, Ricketts 0-0 0-0 0, Olsen 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 20-56 17-22 64.

OREGON ST. (12-11) — Collier 3-7 2-4 8, Burton 8-17 1-2 17, Starks 2-4 0-0 4, Barton 3-6 2-3 9, Nelson 7-10 9-9 26, Robbins 0-0 2-2 2, Morris-Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Moreland 2-7 5-6 9, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Schaftenaar 1-5 4-4 7, Reid 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 25-30 82.

Halftime—Oregon St. 34-25. 3-Point Goals—Utah 7-20 (DuBois 3-4, Taylor 2-6, Tucker 1-1, Dean 1-3, Seymour 0-1, Martin 0-2, Loveridge 0-3), Oregon St. 5-19 (Nelson 3-5, Barton 1-4, Schaftenaar 1-5, Burton 0-1, Moreland 0-1, Morris-Walker 0-1, Starks 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Utah 33 (Loveridge 8), Oregon St. 41 (Moreland 15). Assists—Utah 11 (Taylor 6), Oregon St. 17 (Burton 10). Total Fouls—Utah 24, Oregon St. 15. A—4,118.

Kevin Hampton is sports reporter for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 541-758-9519 or kevin.hampton@lee.net.

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