Team To Honor Joe Burton at Cal Game

Team To Honor Joe Burton at Cal Game
February 23, 2013, 10:30 am
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Opponent: Cal Bears (17-9,9-5)
TV: Pac12 Ntwk

Cal is one game out of first place in the conference. OSU is one game out of last.

The Beavers will have their hands full today, especially when it comes to defending Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs, who've combined for 889 points this year.

They'll need a spark, something to prevent the all too familiar second half collapse: OSU has held halftime leads in nine league games, including an 8-point cushion in Berkeley before Cal won 71-68 earlier this season.

How's this for motivation? It's Joe Burton's very last game at Gill.

Joe was Coach Robinson's very first recruit, and has become the heart of a team struggling to set itself apart this year:

"We recruited him to play the way you're seeing him play now- all facets of the game. To know him off the court is the thing we are most proud of. He's active in the community and in the lives of OSU students. It's going to be very tough for me this year.”

Looking back, Burton is going to miss his time in Corvallis:

"I saw all the good times and the bad times and we stuck through it. The N7 Games were always good. The community around me means a lot. There are so many memories here,"

Burton is currently fifth all-time at Oregon State with 697 rebounds and tied for fifth with 125 career games played ... Burton needs 29 points to join the 1,000-point club and two assists to reach 300 in his career. He currently has 971 points, 697 rebounds and 298 assists. (Watch Joe's interview on his OSU career here)

The team will wear turquoise Nike jerseys to honor both Joe and Native American Heritage Month, and fans have been encouraged to follow suit with a Nike N7 t-shirts.

*According to OSU athletics, the N7 Fund provides grants to grassroots community organizations committed to helping Native youth unleash their potential through sport. Since it began in 2009, The Nike N7 Fund has generated more than $2 million to help Native American and Aboriginal non-profit organizations provide access to sport for youth.