After a break for finals and coming off a hard fought and tough loss to the Kansas Jayhawks the Oregon State men's basketball team wins easily against Grambling State.
Roberto Nelson and Ahmad Starks opened it up early by scoring the first OSU 16 points as the Beavs took an 16 to 3 lead and never looked back. Nelson had a season high 26 points and shot 5 for 6 from the 3-point arc. Starks followed up with five of his own 3 pointers to score 17 points. Eric Moreland and Devon Collier both scored in double digits. Moreland had a double double with 14 points and 13 points.
The first half ended 46 to 22 and the second half became one where Coach Robinson had the luxury of playing the second team and even into the third team rotation.
This all coming off a break, which as one might remember led to a sloppy loss last season to Idaho, and off of a tough loss to the top ten ranked Kansas team. In that game in Larwence the Beavs never led the game but played it to the wire, but in this afternoon's case against an opponent looking for their first win of the season OSU was able to be the team in control and never trailed. Ten different Beaver players scored and OSU out rebounded the Tigers 43 to 33. The only glaring weak spot was some poor free-throw shooting with the Beavs going 16-29 (55%) from the line. Should be plenty of practice time for this now that classes are out for the players.
But the defense was sharp holding the Tigers to 35.8% shooting and the offense rolled as Oregon State goes to 5 and 2. The Beavs play next at Portland State this Wednesday evening.