HOOPS: This loss hard to stomach for Beavs

BEAVS START STRONG, FINISH FLAT

THIS ONE WILL be hard to stomach for the Beavs. After shooting lights out early and going up by as many as 14 points in the first half, Oregon State saw it all slip away in an 88-83 loss to Cal. The Beavs had a golden chance to deal the Golden Bears their first conference loss but their defense deserted them over the final 20 minutes. Want a number? Try 53 on for size.

Oregon State held Cal to 35 points in the first half. In the second, they allowed Cal to score 53 points.

Ouch.

Cal star guard Justin Cobbs scored all 20 of his points after halftime and led five Cal players in double figures.

Roberto Nelson led Oregon State (9-7, 1-3) with 26 points and nine assists, while Angus Brandt added 22 points and Eric Moreland chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Those kinds of offensive numbers should spell victory for Oregon State every day of the week.

Oregon State in the first half shot 63 percent from the field and 7-for-8 from beyond the arc to lead 45-35 at intermission, but the Golden Bears needed only six minutes in the second half to take a one-point lead.

Oregon State was held to 10 field goals in the second half and fell to 5-72 over their last 77 games when trailing with five minutes left to play.

But as bad as the issues were on the offensive end in the second half, they paled in comparison to the ones on defense. The Beavs played an ambivalent style of defense on Saturday and in this conference, that's a prescription for a defeat.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Former Oregon State star Gary Payton was honored at halftime for his recent induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

  • Nelson's four treys helped him become the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,400-point mark.

  • Cal outscored Oregon State in the paint, 40-30, and out-rebounded the Beavs 36-33.

  • The Golden Bears forced 13 Oregon State turnovers and converted them into 14 points.

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