Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6) at Oregon St. (3-2) / Gill Coliseum /
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Oregon St. returns to action after a nearly 2 week layoff since losing a road game Sunday, Dec. 1st. at DePaul 93-81. The opponents are the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions of the South West Athletic Conference.
The game was originally scheduled for noon Saturday, but a Friday snow storm that dropped close to a foot of snow on Corvallis, and more importantly, surrounding roads, and subsequent near-record cold, prompted Oregon St. officials to postpone the game until Sunday at 2 PM, in the interest of safer travel.
Weather problems in Texas compounded the problem, though, as Arkansas-Pine Bluff had their Saturday flight cancelled.
The Golden Lions were rescheduled to fly Sunday morning from Dallas to Portland, and then will bus to Corvallis, but couldn't arrive in time for a 2 PM start, so the game was pushed back to a 6 PM start, which was the time the game was originally postponed to before being moved up to the afternoon time.
But continued wintry conditions in Texas again forced Arkansas-Pine Bluff's flight to be cancelled, and so the game is now part of a double header, with the Oregon St. women tipping off against Hawaii 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's game, something of an end of finals week party. 1240 Joe Radio will air both games, but the bad news is there's no tv for either game. Osubeavers.com will stream video.
The Oregon St. women are off to a 5-2 start, with a 79-73 win at Portland in their last outing, sparked by a 22 point night by Jamie Weisner.
Hawaii comes in with a 5-3 record, after back to back wins over Minnesota, 77-71 in overtime, and Chattanooga, 60-55.
A ticket to either game is good for admission to both, and there is also free parking in the Reser and surrounding area lots.
And as a Christmas present to anyone in the education business, teachers, faculty, coaches, administrators, and staff with employee identification for any pre-kindergarten up through college place of learning will be admitted for free to both games.
After a pair of season opening wins in a tournament in Atlanta over a pair of teams from a lower division, the Golden Lions have run off 6 consecutive losses, including last Saturday, a 72-65 loss to Hampton in the Corpus-Christi Challenge.
4 of the 6 games have been blowouts, though the Golden Lions led most of the game against Hampton, only to see the game slip away in the final 5 1/2 minutes.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff is led by 6'8" Senior forward DaVon Hayes, who averages 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, both team highs, and had 11 points and 7 boards against Hampton, 6'*" Senior forward Daniel Broughton, who had a team high 16 points in the Hampton game, and averages 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and 6' Junior guard Tevin Hammond, who had 12 points in the loss to Hampton, and averages 11.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.4 steals per game.
Hayes and Broughton have also combined for 15 blocked shots this season.
It's the first of 4 road games in an adventurous December for Arkansas Pine-Bluff, which also includes trips to Creighton, Iowa, and Auburn. This after already taking on Oklahoma St., SMU, and Texas A&M.
Last Year, the Golden Lions went 16-14, though they did go 15-3 down the stretch.
Oregon St. got a game high 32 points from Devon Collier against the Blue Demons, which was also Collier's career high, but struggled with foul trouble, and the only other Beaver in double digits in anything was Roberto Nelson, who had 19 points, which lowered his season average by over a point and a half.
Collier and Nelson enter the evening as the leading 1-2 scoring combination in the nation for any team. Which is at once a blessing (great to have such a dynamic duo) and a problem (need to get some production from somewhere else!).
Oregon St. and Arkansas-Pine Bluff have meant only once previously, on Dec. 4, 1998, also at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers prevailed 74-56 in that contest.
This should be a game Oregon St. wins, and has command of most of the way, but is also something of a "must win", being one of those they "should" win, and coming off a loss.
Regardless, the Beavers need to focus on continuing to try to find consistent support for Collier and Nelson, get Angus Brandt playing well, and develop their young bench. And, oh, get the win as well.