Can the Beavs and Ahmad Starks continue to impress? Oregon State basketball plays the Hofstra Pride tonight at 7pm. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
Gill Coliseum, 7 PM / No TV / BNO Video/Audio Stream / KEJO 1240 / KPAM 860 (Streaming)
Coming off a very solid 93 to 60 win over West Alabama, the Beavs now come up a solid opponent in the Hofstra Pride (1-0). In the TicketCity Legends Classic opener the Beavs shot 55.6% from the field and an improved 71.4% from the free throw line. Additionally the Beavs held West Alabama to 38.6% from the field, and out rebounded the Tigers 37 to 29.
What was even more impressive overall in the Monday night victory was that the win put the Beavs at 2-0 for the first time to start a season since the 2000-2001 season, they scored 58 first half points, and had five players in double digits (Burton, Cunningham, Starks, Collier, and Brandt). It was a game like we have not seen from the Robinson era regardless of the opponent, and bodes well for a team that looks to be finding themselves as a team this year.
That all said though, things get a bit tougher with tonight's match up against last year's Colonial Athletic third place finishers, the Hofstra Pride. Hofstra finished 21-12 overall last season and 14-4 in conference play, and lost their first game in the CBI. This season the Pride have a season opening 89-71 win over Long Island University. Hofstra is a quality overall program, and has produced at least 20 wins in 5 of the last 7 seasons.
At the very least, this will be a good match up for Oregon State leading into a road trip to East Rutherford, N.J. to play Texas on Saturday and either NC State or Vandy (I would personally like some pay back for baseball with this possible match up!) on Monday.
So let's see how the Beavs come out in this game, and if they can keep up their well balanced team play and go to 3-0. Join the discussion here!