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OSU men's basketball: Beavers reach 2-0 for first time in 11 seasons

OSU men's basketball: Beavers reach 2-0 for first time in 11 seasons


Go back through the annals of Oregon State men's basketball history.

The season was 2000-01. The coach, Ritchie McKay.

It was the last time the Beavers started a season 2-0.

Until Monday night in the first game of the Corvallis regional of the TicketCity Legends Classic. The Beavers defeated West Alabama 93-60 in Gill Coliseum for a 2-0 record.

Coach Craig Robinson was surprised that it had been so long.

"But I told you folks when I first got here that when you have such futility like we've had in the past, there's going to be a lot of firsts," he said.

The Beavers never allowed the Tigers to threaten.

OSU came out strong, built a big lead and then kept building.

It reached 41 in the second half.

"It was a great team effort out there," OSU guard Jared Cunningham said. "Everybody played hard from the beginning. We tried to start off early and just hit them first before they could come out and hit us."

For the second consecutive game the Beavers played with confidence while faced with situations that might have rattled them in the past.

"I really liked how our team handled this game because this type of game is the hardest game to play," Robinson said. "When you're expected to win and you get out to a big lead in the first half and you're not used to having big leads."

The Beavers shared the ball and the scoring.

OSU had five players in double figures and 21 assists.

Robinson said the Beavers have been unselfish in their play this season.

"That's been pretty consistent, that this team really shares the ball," he said.

Jared Cunningham led the way with 17 points. Joe Burton had another good all-around game with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Devon Collier had 14 points on 5 of 5 shooting, Angus Brandt 13 on 6 of 7 from the field and Ahmad Starks 10 points and four assists.

The points and field goals were career-highs for Brandt.

"I think a lot of those points came off passes from my teammates when I was in good position," Brandt said. "So I credit my teammates."

Eric Moreland added eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Beavers were solid on the defensive end. They did not come up with as many steals (eight) as they did in Saturday's win over Cal State Bakersfield (19), but they did force 21 turnovers.

The Beavers also had six blocks.

"It just goes back to trusting our teammates," Brandt said. "That's one thing that the coaches have been drilling into us all season. Working on the man-to-man stuff, having the confidence to be able to play really deep helps our defense just knowing that helps going to come."

The Beavers host Hofstra on Wednesday.


WEST ALABAMA (1-2) - Fitch 2-8 1-2 5, Booker 2-2 2-2 6, McGaha 4-7 1-2 11, Spears 0-5 0-0 0, Woolfolk 5-13 4-5 16, Morris 0-2 2-2 2, Heidelberg 2-3 0-0 4, Faile 5-11 0-0 11, Jackson 1-2 0-0 3, Acker 0-1 0-0 0, Belcher 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-57 10-13 60.

OREGON ST. (2-0) - Burton 4-6 5-7 14, Collier 5-5 4-4 14, Brandt 6-7 1-3 13, Cunningham 5-7 6-7 17, Starks 3-5 2-2 10, McShane 0-2 1-2 1, Barton 1-3 0-2 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 3-5 0-0 9, Moreland 1-5 6-8 8, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Powers 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 30-54 25-35 93.

Halftime-Oregon St. 58-33. 3-Point Goals-West Alabama 6-17 (McGaha 2-2, Woolfolk 2-7, Jackson 1-2, Faile 1-5, Fitch 0-1), Oregon St. 8-22 (Murphy 3-5, Starks 2-4, Burton 1-2, Cunningham 1-2, Nelson 1-5, Brandt 0-1, McShane 0-1, Barton 0-2). Fouled Out-Belcher, Booker. Rebounds-West Alabama 29 (Heidelberg 6), Oregon St. 37 (Moreland 10). Assists-West Alabama 8 (Morris 3), Oregon St. 21 (Burton 5). Total Fouls-West Alabama 28, Oregon St. 10. A-3,208.


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