Slow, Steady Beavers Control Pace, Win Race

Photo: <b>Forward Theo Robertson</b> had a team-high 15 points in Cal's losing effort at Oregon State.
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Forward Theo Robertson had a team-high 15 points in Cal's losing effort at Oregon State.


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The post-game box score read exactly how the Oregon State men's basketball team wanted it to.

Six points for Cal's leading scorer in Jerome Randle. Fourteen turnovers by the Bears. And most importantly, a larger point total for the Beavers.

Coming into Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., riding a three-game winning streak, Cal struggled in almost all facets of the game and fell to Oregon State by a score of 80-64.

The Bears (17-9, 9-5 in the Pac-10) had talked all week about dictating the tempo, but from the start, the Beavers took control on both ends of the floor.

Oregon State's 1-3-1 zone stifled the Cal offense all night. The Beavers' own offense, which woke up Thursday morning averaging just 59 points per game, could not be stopped as five Oregon State players scored in double digits-including a season-high 22 points from Roeland Schaftenaar.

"They held onto the ball, were patient, and didn't take shots until there were nine seconds on the clock, and that was difficult for us," Bears forward Jamal Boykin said.

The Beavers' patience on offense kept the tempo slow and prevented the fast-paced Cal offense from ever getting into a rhythm. The Bears, who average almost 60 shots per game, only had 48 attempts on the night.

And although Cal made 45.8 percent of those shots, its carelessness with the ball helped Oregon State (12-13, 6-7) build an early lead that it never relinquished.

"They gave us some different looks," Bears senior Theo Robertson said. "We turned the ball over and that led to some fast-break points for them."

The Beavers finished with 24 points off Cal turnovers. And while the Bears finished with just three fewer steals, their aggression on defense often hurt more than it helped.

Cal was whistled for 26 fouls and allowed Oregon State to go to the line 36 times. Both Jorge Gutierrez and Markhuri Sanders-Frison fouled out of the game.

"Maybe we were a little desperate and tried to get some steals," Boykin said. "Like I said, they hold onto the ball longer than we're used to, so it's difficult to see the clock tick away when you're down and watch a team just pass the ball around."

As patient as the Bears tried to be, they were frustrated even more when the Beavers repeatedly came away with offensive rebounds. Oregon State won the overall rebounding battle by 12 and wore down the Cal defense by turning those boards into another go on offense.

"Us not rebounding aggressively tonight really hurt us," Boykin said. "We'd play good defense and they would miss, then they would get it back and that's really tough to handle."

Even with the loss, the Bears retained a half-game lead in the conference standings. Up next is a visit to Oregon at McArthur Court scheduled for 3 p.m., on Saturday.

Tags: CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL, PATRICK CHRISTOPHER, JEROME RANDLE, MIKE MONTGOMERY


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