HOOPS: Beavs drop another to Stanford
JARED CUNNINGHAM
JARED CUNNINGHAM

Posted Feb 16, 2012


STANFORD, Calif. — Chasson Randle never hesitated. He grabbed the ball and headed the other way. For a few seconds, it appeared Oregon State had just been robbed of a basket. Turns out Randle was right all along.

Jared Cunningham made a steal and was all alone as he went for a dunk with just under two minutes remaining. He seemingly slammed the ball through the net, but it hit his shoulder and bounced back out without going completely through.

“He dunked it, but it looked like it got caught up in the net and came back out,” Randle said.

Had it counted, the play would have brought the Beavers within four points and given them an emotional lift. Instead, Randle turned it to his advantage, hitting a layup on the other end.

Randle matched his season high with 24 points, Aaron Bright added 20 and Stanford beat Oregon State 87-82 on Thursday night.

“At the time, I couldn’t believe they didn’t count it,” Cunningham said. “I guess the ball has to go all the way through. Very weird and disappointing, especially at that time in the game.”

Cunningham scored 22 points and Roberto Nelson had 19 for the Beavers (15-11, 5-9), who lost their third straight. Devon Collier added 13 points and Angus Brandt 11.

“We have no excuses,” Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said. “They made the big plays when they needed to make them. It seemed like every time they needed a big shot or a rebound, they made them.”

The Beavers, one of the nation’s top teams in forcing turnovers, never made it easy for Stanford. They forced 19 turnovers, nine of them steals, to stay on the Cardinal’s heels.

Nelson was four of six from three-point range after going four of 23 over his previous six games.

Cunningham has recorded at least one steal in 28 consecutive games dating to last year. Only Gary Payton has gone longer (with streaks of 32 and 29) at Oregon State.

Collier, the Pac-12 leader in field goal percentage, extended his double-figure scoring streak to 11 games.

The Beavers outscored the Cardinal 17-8 over the final 7:36 of the first half to take a 41-40 lead into intermission.

“I wanted to play hard, read what the defense was giving us and take what was there,” said Randle, who scored 24 points in Stanford’s four-overtime victory over the Beavers on Jan. 7. “It kind of reminded me of summer ball and getting up and down the court. It fits my style a little bit.”

John Gage hit a three-pointer to break a 45-all tie with 17:12 remaining, part of an 11-2 run that gave Stanford a 56-47 advantage five minutes later.

The Cardinal were 27 of 51 from the field, including 12 of 22 from three-point range.

Anthony Brown had 11 points, and Josh Owens added nine points and recorded his 500th career rebound for the Cardinal (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12). Brown was six of 10 and Stanford 10 of 13 from the foul line over the final 1:18.


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