CHICAGO - Sign of a good team? When a sloppy performance still results in a blowout win. The Oregon State men's basketball team had some uninspired second-half stretches but came away with a 92-66 nonconference win over Chicago State on Wednesday evening at the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago.
The Beavers led by 26 at the half.
Coach Craig Robinson said it was another learning opportunity for the team.
"We haven't had very many games where we've been up that much in the first half and you can easily lose your concentration and get bored with the game. The coaching staff, the players, the refs, the fans," Robinson said.
"I called a couple of timeouts that were uncharacteristic because I wanted them to understand, ‘Look this is an opportunity for us to get better and understand how things are supposed to be done when you have a lead like that.' "
The 10-2 start is the best by the Beavers since 1989-90.
Anyone missing the second half would not have been surprised at the final.
OSU stretched it to 50-24 at the half by pushing the ball on the break and hitting five 3-pointers.
Then it got sloppy.
Chicago State cut a comfortable 28-point lead to 18 at 54-36.
A three-point play by Angus Brandt ended a 12-4 run by the 0-12 Cougars.
The Beavers, however, were slow to wake up.
They softened on defense and were careless with the ball, leading to far too many turnovers. The Beavers finished the game with 26.
"When you look at our turnovers we made, it was too many turnovers," Robinson said. "But to be able to win the game and have that many turnovers the way we did is just a terrific feat. The guys just handled their business."
The Beavers did a good job on the fast break, outscoring the Cougars 36-4.
"I thought that Joe (Burton) and our guards did a good job of breaking through that pressure early on," Robinson said. "We got the ball in the middle and had an outnumbered situation almost every single time."
Chicago State's D'Jari Anderson hit a 3-pointer and suddenly the Beavers were clinging to a 17-point lead at 64-47.
The Beavers built it back up, helped along by missed chances by the Cougars.
With an 81-56 lead at the 3:41 mark, the Beavers were finally able to rest easy.
The Beavers poured it on in the final minutes as the Cougars ran out of gas.
Devon Collier led OSU with 19 on 8 of 10 shooting. Roberto Nelson had 16, Jared Cunningham 15 and Ahmad Starks 13.
Robinson said the Cougars tried to keep the Beavers off-balance by switching up defenses.
"They were trying stuff, they were trapping. A lot of things we haven't seen all year," he said.
"We were taking a lot of things for granted because the first half we did such a good job executing. But when you're on the road, you take these kinds of wins."
Oregon State 92, Chicago State 66
OREGON ST. (10-2) - Burton 4-8 0-0 8, Collier 8-10 3-4 19, Brandt 3-6 4-5 10, Cunningham 5-11 4-5 15, Starks 4-13 2-2 13, McShane 1-1 0-0 2, Barton 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 2-3 0-0 6, Moreland 0-2 1-4 1, Nelson 5-9 4-6 16. Totals 33-64 18-26 92.
CHICAGO ST. (0-12) - Nelson 3-5 0-0 7, Fisher 6-15 4-5 17, Robinson 5-14 3-4 13, Anderson 1-4 0-0 3, Samuels 0-8 5-5 5, Simmons 3-10 0-0 6, Williams 0-7 1-4 1, Ukaigwe 0-0 0-1 0, Rosenberg 4-11 6-6 14. Totals 22-74 19-25 66.
Halftime-Oregon St. 50-24. 3-Point Goals-Oregon St. 8-17 (Starks 3-8, Murphy 2-2, Nelson 2-4, Cunningham 1-3), Chicago St. 3-16 (Nelson 1-1, Fisher 1-2, Anderson 1-3, Simmons 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Samuels 0-2, Williams 0-2, Rosenberg 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Oregon St. 48 (Burton 11), Chicago St. 41 (Robinson 15). Assists-Oregon St. 23 (Starks 8), Chicago St. 8 (Fisher 3). Total Fouls-Oregon St. 18, Chicago St. 21. A-1,164.