Final Score: Texas Southern 66 Oregon St. 60
Oregon St. took control in the early going against previously winless Texas Southern Sunday evening, but couldn't put the Tigers away. As a result, another second half offensive stall similar to what happened Wednesday in Seattle allowed Texas Southern to rally for the 66-60 win in the Nike N7 Oregon State Basketball Game presented by Spirit Mountain Casino.
Oregon St. wore special turquoise uniforms in conjunction with the Nike N7 program, in which Nike has worked closely with Native American communities across the United States for more than 10 years to provide access to product and support for sport programs.
The Beavers thrice built 9 point leads in the first half, but the opportunity to open a double digit margin at the break quickly shrunk to only a 4 point, 36-32 advantage, after Omari Johnson missed the second of two free throws, and the Tigers proceeded to run off five straight points.
Lathan Wallace (22) opens the lead to eight points.
Johnson and Lathan Wallace scored to start the second half, and after Lawre Johnson-Danner answered with two of his game high 25 points, Joe Burton again opened the OSU advantage to eight points.
Joe Burton (11) scores over Texas Southern's Aaron Clayborn (32).
However, Oregon St. again couldn't put Texas Southern down by double digits. The Beavers became a perimeter offensive team, seemingly as unwilling as unable to generate an inside offense.
A 5-0 run eventually tied the game at 44 all, capped by one of Johnson-Danner's 5 three pointers.
Ahmed Starks, tentative throughout much of the game, drained a three pointer (above) to put Oregon St. back ahead, but Johnson-Danner and Nicos Norris answered with back to bacsk threes to start an 8-0 run.
Oregon St. forged another tie at the 5:24 mark on a layup by Jared Cunningham, but another 7-0 Tiger run put the game out of reach. The Beavers got no closer than two points the rest of the way, on three free throws by Starks, who was fouled lofting a three point shot.
Burton's steal gave the Beavers a last chance with 27 seconds left, but Starks missed a layup and a three pointer down the stretch.
Lawre Jonson-Danner (11) scores two of his game high 25 points over Jared Cunningham (1).
Johnson-Danner's 25 points led everyone, while Johnson and Calvin Haynes both had 13 points to lead Oregon St.
Texas Southern (1-3) made 10 three pointers to 5 by Oregon St., who seemed to feel pressured to match the Tigers' outside shots, rather than risk trading two points for three. As a result, the Tigers out-shot the Beavers 53% to 42%.
Oregon St. also barely out-rebounded Texas Southern 30-28, despite the Tigers conceding most offensive rebounding opportunities.
No one was in double digits on the boards for either team.
While Oregon St. played well at times, there were a number of baseline defensive lapses, and don't appear up to the task of a fast paced game for any extended period of time.
Jared Cunningham (1) scored twice in the first four minutes of the game, but was held
scoreless after that until he tied the game at the 5:24 mark, and only had 6 points for the night.
Oregon St. (1-2) next plays Thanksgiving eve, hosting the Charlotte 49ers at 7 PM, in a game to be carried by Fox Sports Northwest.
(Photos by Andy_Wooldridge)