It was a game in which one would have thought was going to be more down to the wire and high scoring with DePaul came into Thursday night's contest at 6 and 3, including an impressive 87 to 72 win over Stanford and was averaging 77.6 points per game. The game though was a mismatched contest with Oregon State outplaying DePaul from the opening minute. The Beavs starting lineup included Gary Payton II, Malcolm Duvivier, Langston Morris-Walker, Daniel Gomis, and Olaf Schaftenaar; and all of which, besides Gomis getting into foul trouble that limited his playing time, were able to contribute to a well balanced offensive and defensive game plan.
The Beavs struck first with Schaftenaar scoring on a nice close range jump hook, and Olaf then a bit later answered the Blue Devils three-point shot with two in a row of his own to help the Beavs again find themselves up with a comfortable early lead. But DePaul's perimeter shooting kept them close at certain early stages of the first half. But in the first five minutes it was all Olaf who also converted a three point play to help Oregon State outpace the Blue Devils with his early on 11 points, and at the 14:38 mark the Beavs took a 15 to 6 lead
Oregon State's defense continued its excellent play too in the early stages, forcing turnovers and rebounding well within their 2-3 zone, which led to a 22 to 8 lead at the 11:55 mark that they never looked back on.
Victor Robbins saw substantial playing time in the first half. Robbins came in and scored his first points, of many, fairly quickly on a reverse lay-in and scored 10 points in the half. Cheikh N'diaye also saw time on the court late in the first half. On the DePaul side Jamee Crockett and Myke Henry stepped up their games to keep the Blue Devils semi-close with tough in the paint baskets.
Home town freshman Tanner Sanders also came off the bench to contribute a timely 3-point field goal to break a slight DePaul run, and then another nailed another three-pointer to put the Beavers up 39 to 19 at the 4:48 mark.
In the last two minutes Gary Payton II turned up his game with a wide open alley-oop dunk and patient three point play to held keep up the heat on DePaul, Payton II had 11 points in the half.
The Beavs though kept up the defensive pressure, were all over the boards, shot very well from the field, and were red hot from the free throw line; all of which allowed them to take a twenty point lead, 48 to 28 into the halftime locker room.
For the first half Oregon State shot 50% (17 for 34) from the field including hitting 6 of 12 three-pointers, shot 8 for 10 from the free throw line, and out rebounded the Blue Devils 22 to 11. The Beavs defense held DePaul to only 10 baskets on 23 attempts (including only 4 for 11 from 3-point land), and the Blue Devils turned the ball over 9 times to 5 OSU turnovers. Oregon State was led by Olaf Schaftenaar who scored 13 points and for DePaul Jamee Crockett had 9 points.
The Beavs came out in man-to-man defense, which DePaul was able to initially exploit, but Oregon State was able to overcome this and some offensive sloppy play to keep the lead above 20-points early on in the second half. As such the Beavs just kept hitting the shots, rebounding the ball, and making the plays even though they struggled a bit on offense against the DePaul press and zone defense.
As DePaul's game legs continued to be worn down the Beavs were able to increase their to 71 to 42 on a Tanner Sanders field goal at the 8:11 mark of the second half. And at the 4:58 mark Malcolm Duvivier converted a three point play to go up by 32 points.
Victor Robbins' play went up to the blistering level in the second half, scoring 17 points in the half, and with the large lead in the late minutes of the game Wayne Twinkle was able to clear a bit of the bench getting Matt Dahlen, Dylan Livesay, and Justin Stangel some playing time.
It was a night where the Oregon State team just had a spring in their play, and DePaul came in flat and never were able to recover from a large deceit or find their game legs against an aggressive defensive and rebounding Beavs team. Plus the Beavs who have not been a good free throw shooting team hit 88.5% of their foul shots.
Oregon State ended up shooting 30 of 55 (54.5%) from the field, hit 7 for 16 three-pointers, put in 23 for 26 from the free throw line, had 39 rebounds, and turned the ball over 12 times. The DePaul Blue Demons shot 34% from the field (18 for 53), went 5 for 25 from the three-point arc, converted 18 of 27 free throws, had 28 rebounds, and ended up turning the ball over 16 times. The +11 edge on the boards was huge in the outcome.
In the end Oregon State was led by Victor Robbins who scored a career high 27 points, and Olaf Schaftenaar also had career night, scoring 21 points. DePaul was led by Jamee Crockett who had 14 points, the only Blue Demon in double figures. Myke Henry came up 1 short, with 9 points, and Tommy Hamilton had 7 points, and a team high 7 boards.
Coming off his Monday night triple double Gary Payton II contributed 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals; and Langston Morris-Walker also chipped in his own career high in assists with 8, and also grabbed a game high 10 rebounds.
With the win Oregon State goes to 8 and 2 (7 and 0 at home), their best start in 10 years, and now will be headed to Hamden, Connecticut to take on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Quinnipiac Bobcats (4 and 5) in an early 10:00am game this upcoming Sunday morning.
DePaul dropped to 6 and 4 as they head on to the Diamond Head Classic on their 4 game road trip.
3,906 turned out to see the win, and for the Teddy Bear Toss for foster kids at halftime.