Final Score: Oregon St. 92 Chicago St. 66
Oregon St. raced out to a 50-24 halftime lead, after opening a 29 point advantage shortly before the break, and coasted home to a 26 point win over Chicago St. Despite the Cougars playing them even in the second half, it was the fourth consecutive win by the Beavers of 20+ points.
The Cougars took an early 3-0 lead, on one of only 3 three pointers they would put down, but the Beavers answered with a 25-6 run in the game's first 9 minutes, and were never threatened.
The Beavers were led in the untelevised contest that few heard and fewer saw by Devon Collier, who shot 80%, knocking down 8 of 10 shots, and posted 19 points. It was another balanced game by Oregon St., with 5 players in double figures.
Roberto Nelson added 16, Jared Cunningham 15, Ahmad Starks, playing in his hometown, 13, and Angus Brandt 10. Joe Burton just missed, finishing with 8 points, but did reach double digits on the boards, leading the Beavers with 11.
Lee Fisher led Chicago St. with 16 points, while Clarke Rosenberg contributed 14, and Jeremy Robinson added 11 for Chicago St. Fisher and Robinson both had double doubles, with Robinson posting a game high 15 boards, and Fisher grabbing 12.
Oregon St. shot 52% (33 of 64), and 47% (8 of 17) from 3 point range. The Beavers shot 69% from the free throw line, down from 79% in the first half, a result of making only 7 of 12 after the break.
The Beaver defense held Chicago St. to under 30% shooting, 22 of 74. The Cougars were shot only 19 %, 3 of 16, from behind the 3 point arc.
Eric Moreland had 3 blocked shots for the second game in a row, and the Oregon St. defense had 8 total blocks, and 13 steals, including 4 by Cunningham.
The Beavers continued to move the ball around well, and produce 20+ assists on a regular basis. Tonight, 23 of the 33 shots made came off an assist, 8 by Starks, and 5 by Nelson.
Oregon St. overpowered Chicago St., with 50 points in the paint, against only 28 for the Cougars. The Beavers also were able to run, with 36 fast break points, against only 4 allowed.
Stats of concern include Chicago St. coming up with as many steals as Oregon St., and the Beavers actually having more turnovers than the Cougars. Ball security could have been better.
Oregon St. wrapped up the non-conference portion of their season 10-2, and will open Pac-12 play next Friday night in Seattle, against Washington. The Huskies are 5-5 pending tomorrow night's game against Cal-State Northridge.
Chicago St. from the [Not So*] Great West League fell to 0-12, and is one of only 6 of the 345 Division I schools that has not yet won a game.
* If you thought the Pac-12 Conference was struggling, consider the GWL, which has no members that even have a .500 record at this point.