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LSU 67, Oregon State 61

Oregon State faced some decent competition today, and only lost by 6. Again, I didn't watch the game (No TV) or listen, so I'll rely mostly on the numbers to break this game down.

With the loss, the Beavers fall to 6-5 on the season. Montana State is in town this Sunday, and after that, it's Pac-10 time. The Beavers start off conference play in the desert against the Arizona schools.

Oregon State's numbers looked decent on the stat sheet tonight, but it's the first number on the left, efficiency, that made a big difference in the game. Oregon State had trouble with free throws today, and had a slightly lower three point average than the Tigers.

The Beavers had a better field goal percentage than LSU, made more shots but less three pointers, rebounded the ball better, but missed seven free throws and lost by six. You can't expect to make all your free throws, but 50% isn't going to cut it.

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Next, we'll take a look at the team boxscore:

Roeland Schaftenaar led the Beavers in points, coming off the bench for 14. He was 6-for-9 from the field, and was 2-for-5 on three pointers. Roeland finished the game with nine rebounds and two blocks.

Omari Johnson is already making a big impact. In his third game, he was 50% from the field with 13 points. Omari missed all three three-pointers he attempted, but made all three of his free throws. Seth Tarver continued his string of double digit scoring games with 13 points. He made one third of his shots from the field, and 60% from down town.

C.J. Giles had five points in 15 minutes, fouling out in the last minute of the game. He doesn't lead the team in fouls yet, but he averages 4.7 per game.

Marcel Jones finished the night with six points. Sean Carter and Josh Tarver had four, and Calvin Haynes had two.

For LSU, Marcus Thornton had 20 points, Terry Martin had 15, and Anthony Randolph had 14.

Finally, one more chart for your perusing:

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Hey, we covered the spread.