It was a tale of two halves as Oregon State nearly doubled their scoring from the first half to the second half as they went on to defeat the Idaho State Bengals 56-41.
In the first half, the Beavers only scored 19 points, shot 24.2 pecent from the field, and missed all 13 three point shots they attempted. It truly was an ugly start for the Beavers, and if it wasn't for a late run in the first half, they would have been trailing by much more than nine at the break. Idaho State's 2-3 zone kept the Beavers quiet for most of the half.
Head Coach Jay John, who picked up his 68th career win, thought the term "ugly victory" applied to the game. Said John: "However, we were able to do what we wanted to do at the end of the first half which was get the ball and score inside. We developed some defensive energy that we were able to carry over to the second half."
As I was saying in the comment thread during the game, you've got to shoot well to defeat a zone. You especially have to shoot 3's well, which is Oregon State's weakness. They did it well in the second half, however, as Josh Tarver's four three-pointers helped Oregon State to a 54.5 second half three point percentage. That sure beats 0%, OSU's first half percentage.
But it wasn't only Oregon State's three point shooting that improved. Their field goal shooting rose from 24.2 percent to 43.3 percent. Also, the Beavers were a perfect 5-for-5 from the line in the second half. They TRUELY were a completely different team after the break.
Seth Tarver led all scores with 21 points, a career-high. He was the one who got Oregon State going late in the game. He added eight rebounds to his performance, and hit four of the Beavers' six three pointers.
Calvin Hampton and Sean Carter were the other two Beavers in double digits-- both had 10. Sean set a career high for points in the game, and Calvin set a career high with five rebounds.
While we're talking about rebounds, we can't forget the 6-11 Roeland Schaftenaar, who had a career high 12 rebounds. If you're not getting the impression already, the Beavers set a lot of individual career highs tonight, which is impressive after the shaky start. Roeland didn't have the night shooting he had hoped for, but he was certainly a presence down low against an Idaho State team that has been getting out-rebounded all year.
The team total of 44 rebounds was a season high for the Beavers, and the +15 rebounding margin was also impressive. The Beavers got 14 second chance points, and the final margin of victory was 15. That goes to show how important those offensive rebounds are.
Austin Kilpatrick led the Bengals with 14 points. Lucas Steijn had 12, and Amorrow Morgan scored 10. Idaho State's two leading scorers stayed quiet in this game, as Chron Tatum and Matt Stucki combined for one point.
The Beavers haven't lost this season on their home floor, and they're 2-0 while donning the white jerseys. The win puts the Beavers at 2-2 on the season, and 1-0 in the Beaver Invitational. Idaho State will play the University of Portland tomorrow, but no matter what happens in that game, the Beavers can win the tournament by beating the Pilots in an FSN televised game on Sunday.