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Beavers Battle Bobcats Back East

Oregon St. (8-2) at Quinnipiac (4-5, 0-2 in the MEAC) / TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, CT / 1 PM EST (10 AM PST) / Stream / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes

Oregon St. makes their last road trip of the preseason for today's game at Quinnipiac, in Hamden, CT. It's the return trip for the Bobcats' visit to Corvallis last season, which the Beavers won 76-68 last Dec. 29, in the only other meeting ever between the teams. The game marked the return to action for Angus Brandt, who had injured his knee in the first game in the Hawaii Christmas tournament trip. Brandt posted a game high 21 points, with Roberto Nelson right behind, with 19.

It's also the first time ever that the Oregon St. men's basketball team has played in the state of Connecticut.

The Bobcats got an 80-65 win Thursday night against Lehigh, snapping a 3 game losing streak, including losses in their first 2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests (some league season are already underway).

Quinnipiac is led by 6'4" senior guard Zaid Hearst, who leads the Bobcats in scoring, with 18.2 points per game, and also averages 6.2 rebounds and a team high 3.2 assists per game. Hearst only had 2 points last year against Oregon St. though, in 30 minutes. Hearst had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists in the win over Lehigh.

The Bobcats' "big" is 6'9" senior Ousmane Drame, who averages a double double, at 15.2 points per game, and leads Quinnipack in rebounds, averaging 10.8 per game. Last year, Drame had a double double against the Beavers, with 11 points and 12 boards, and another double double (he does this a lot) against Lehigh, who beat Arizona St. 84-81 in triple overtime last night, by the way, putting up a game high 19 points, and pulling down 11 rebounds. Drame is currently 7th in the country in rebounding.

Justin Harris also had a double double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Mountain Hawks.

Both of Quinnipack's leading scorers from last year's meeting, Umar Shannon, who had 18 points, and Ike Azotam, who added 17 points, are both gone.

The Beavers are coming in off their best game of the year, a 90-59 blowout of DePaul Thursday night. It was a game of career highs for the Beavers, as Victor Robbins came off the bench for a game and career high 27 points, which complimented Olaf Schaftenaar's career high 21 points. Robbins, a junior, has now had back to back games with 22 & 27 points scored, and had never had back to back double figure games previously.

Langston Morris-Walker added a career and game high 8 assists, to go along with 10 rebounds and 7 points.

Gary Payton II had another all-around game, with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks, and Malcolm Duvivier was also in double digits, with 11 points.

Jarmal Reid missed the game against the Blue Demons, after injuring his knee in the Beavers' 71-43 win last Monday night over Grambling, and will be a game time/warmups decision today.

There's no TV for this game, a rare occurrence any more, but there is a stream that Quinnipiac provides.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com