Beavers leave Bay Area with 2 losses
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 01:02
The Oregon State men’s basketball team (11-11, 1-8 Pac-12) just can’t seem to close out games this season, falling to Stanford, 81-73, on Sunday afternoon in Maples Pavilion for their third loss in a row.
Statistically the Beavers played one of their best games of the season — shooting 49.2 percent from the field and outrebounding the Cardinal, 38-28. It looked like OSU was finally going to put together a complete game and win a close one — taking a one-point lead with 4:39 left — but Stanford (14-8, 5-4) closed the game on a 16-7 run and handed the Beavers their eighth Pac-12 loss.
The Beavers were hurt by 14 turnovers — compared to Stanford’s four — and were outscored 19-4 on points off turnovers. Also, for the second game in a row, the Beavers’ bench struggled and only managed 11 points compared to Stanford’s 25.
Despite the loss, several Beavers had standout days.
Roberto Nelson had his second straight game with at least 20 points, scoring 20 while making eight of 14 shots from the field. Grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with 17 points and 5 assists, Joe Burton had his third double-double of the season and his first since Pac-12 play began. Ahmad Starks scored 15 points for the Beavers while nailing three 3-pointers.
Oregon State has now lost nine out of its last 11 games.
The Beavers return home to Gill Coliseum to face Utah on Wednesday night.
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