Oregon St. (1-1) at Maryland (1-1) / Comcast Center / 6 PM EST (3 PM PST) / ESPNU / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
Oregon St. makes their first trip away from Corvallis this season, after 2 exhibitions and their first 2 regular season games in the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum.
And its clear across the country, to the east coast, to play Maryland. It's the first time the Beavers and Terrapins have ever met up in basketball, which is something of a surprise, given the long history of both programs, the history of the Far West Classic, and plenty of cross-country trips by both.
Oregon St. bounced back from their 78-73 loss to Coppin St. to out-battle Portland for a 79-73 win. Roberto Nelson as has been the case in every game so far, led the Beavers with 24 points, and Angus Brandt had a 13 point, 10 rebound double double.
Devon Collier, making his first start of the season, after serving a suspension through the exhibition games and the opener, had to shake off some rust in the early going, but recovered to post an 11 point, 11 rebound double double.
Maryland was in bounce back mode as well, after dropping their opener against then #18 Connecticut 78-77 in New York City, when Dex Wells missed shots twice in the last 15 seconds, after the Terrapins had rallied from as many as 17 points down.
The need to bounce back extended to Maryland's 67-44 win over Abilene Christian on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats held a 30-29 halftime lead, and built a 44-38 lead 6 minutes into the second half.
The Terrapins raced away after that though, shutting Abilene Christian out for the final 14:12 of the game. Jake Layman came off the Maryland bench to score 14 of his game high 19 points during the 29-0 run to the end of the game, and Charles Mitchell added another 15 points and a game high 11 rebounds, also coming off the bench.