Final Score: Oregon State 83, Lewis & Clark 58
Exhibitions are always interesting, for one reason or another. The hopes of a new season are new and fresh, but a loss can derail fan support and team morale for weeks on end. The Beavers avoided that fate Sunday night in Corvallis, taking care of Lewis & Clark for a 25 point victory.
The Beavers let the Pioneers know early on that an upset wouldn't be in store, jumping out to a 6-0, then 14-6, advantage in front of a lively, post-football weekend crowd of 2,037.
Head coach Craig Robinson picked up right where he left off in March on the defensive end of the court, starting immediately in an in-your-face man. And right off the bat we saw why, as the Beavers forced a turnover on Lewis & Clark's opening possession.
Also nice was the fact that Robinson got to ease up less than 12 minutes into the game, minimizing the chance of a tragic injury and giving fans a chance to see some players that won't see much action this year. Robinson, who will hold practice tomorrow before flying to Chicago for Election Day on Tuesday, inserted Devon Collier as the first substitute just 4:31 into the game.
Collier, who started the game on the bench in favor of Joe Burton, dominated the Pioneer defense for the entire first half. He entered the locker rooms at halftime with ten points, going five-for-five from the field.
Collier's game tapered out with the start of the final 20 minutes, finishing with 12 on the night. Ahmad Starks led the team with 14 points, including a dagger three with 12:56 to go to put the Beavers up 56-35.
Starks Led The Beavers With 14 Points In Their Exhibition Victory (credit: Oregon State Athletics)
While Starks and Collier conveniently traded good halves, Ross Erickson was putting together a great full game for Lewis & Clark. The senior guard out of Sisters led all scorers with 15 points.