Oregon State played a competitive first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils Thursday at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers kept the tempo high, but patient as they carefully searched for open lanes and shots to put them ahead against ASU.
The Sun Devils played aggressive towards the basket drawing multiple fouls against the Beavs early on. ASU used a motion offense to get the Beavs off balance and penetrate the basket when the defense allowed a break.
OSU used guard Ahmad Starks to move the ball around the perimeter to take open threes – making one of four in the first half. Forward Devon Collier lead the Beavers in the first half with 12 points, going 2-2 on free throws. In fact, the Beavers drew four trips to the line making 5-8.
OSU moved well around the perimeter, but still allowing the Sun Devils to take 12 three point attempts, making only four. On the other half of the court, the Beavers themselves made 10 attempts on the outside of the arch making only one.
At the end of the first half the Beavers trailed by 6 with Collier leading the team with 12 points.
Beginning of the second half proved to be promising as Ahmad Starks struck the Sun Devils with a three giving Beaver Nation a ray of hope. ASU quickly answered back with a three of their own from Jahil Carson who finished the game with 20 points.
The Beavs continued to get out rebounded by the Sun Devils leaving ASU’s Jordan Bachynski open for put-backs ending the game with 10 of his own.
Offensively, OSU’s Olaf Schaftenaar came alive in the second half scoring two huge three pointers ending the game with eight points.
Second chance points is what ultimately defeated the Beavs with ASU out scoring OSU 14-5 and making 40 points in the paint to OSU’s 28. However, the young players on the Beavs bench stepped up in absence of Eric Moreland scoring 20 points to ASU’s 7.
The Beavers failed to rise against the offensive rebound challenge against the Sun Devils losing 62-72.
The Beavs will host the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.
Official Game Notes:
Devon Collier has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games
Joe Burton had five rebounds to move into ninth on Oregon State’s career rebounding list with 614 boards.
Reid tied his career with five assists.
Barton set new career high for FGs made with three.
OSU saw two players in double figures: Collier and Starks
OSU had a 12-3 run during 8-minute stretch during the second half.
Sun Devils had a 18-4 run during the first half’s final five minutes.