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Bobcats End Beavers Streak

Quinnipiac put an end to Oregon St.'s 5 game winning streak Sunday, using a couple of first half runs to open a lead they would never relinquish, and claim a 60-52 win.

It was an odd encounter in every way, beginning with beginning in the early part of the day body clock wise for the Beavers, but the Bobcats were the better team almost throughout.

Oregon St. opened up hitting 5 3 point shots out of 7 attempts, for their first 15 points, 3 of them by Olaf Schaftenaar, and took a 17-9 lead 8 minutes into the game. But the Beavers were 1 of 8 the rest of the day from beyond the 3 point line.

Quinnipiac answered with a 13-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish, as Oregon St. wene over 6 1/2 minutes without scoring.

The last 3 were by Zaid Hearst, the Bobcats' leading scorer, and were the first of 13 straight Quinnipiac points Hearst scored. Hearst averages 18.2 points per game, but passed that by halftime, posting 20 before the break, as the Bobcats went to the locker room up 32-26.

Part of that was what would be the worst game on Gary Payton II's career, as Oregon St.'s leading scorer had 3 first half fouls, and would wind up the day without a point, and with only 1 rebound.

The other part was the Beavers' propensity for perimeter play, which put them in poor position to rebound, or get to the free throw line.

At halftime, the Bobcats held a 25-14 rebounding edge, and were already 8 of 10 at the line, whereas the Beavers were only 1 of 2 on free throws.

That wouldn't improve much as the game went on, as the final stats had Quinnipiac holding a 46-27 edge on the boards, and made 15 of 19 at the line, vs. Oregon St. only getting 7 free throws, and making only 4.

Oregon St.'s defense was more than adequate, holding a 5th consecutive opponent to under 40% shooting. and holding Hearst scoreless after the break until he hit 4 free throws in the final 16.5 seconds to bring his total to a game high 24 points.

And the Beavers got an additional break, when Ousmane Drame, the Bobcats' leading rebounder, got his 3rd personal foul on the first possession of the second half.

But Payton got his 4th foul to cause the under 12 minute media time out, and wasn't a factor after that, used mostly as a decoy when he was even in the game.

And Oregon St. could never get their offense in gear, and the stretch run was especially a head-scratching sequence.

Schaftenaar, who was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Beavers for the day, finishing with 18 points and 6 rebounds, including a career high 4 3's (an apparent 5th one was ruled a 2) sat most of the latter portion of the game, and Payton, the team's leading scorer, despite having a bad day, was on the bench as well.

Then there was clock management. Why Coach Wayne Tinkle took a timeout with 3:59 to go, with a media timeout in order, yet didn't actually use all of the available timeouts while trying to rally late (and the Beavers were down only 4 points, 56-52 after a basket by Malcolm Duvuvier), were equally inexplicable.

Evan Conti was the only other Bobcat in double digits, with 14 points, while Duvivier's 10 points were the only other double digit stat for the Beavers.

Jarmal Reid, who was a game time decision after suffering a knee injury in last Monday's game against Grambling, did play, mostly in the second half, but had only 4 points in 24 minutes.

Victor Robbins, who had had back to back career highs above 20 points, and had 49 in the Beavers' 2 wins last week, was held to only 6 points.

Quinnipiac leveled their season at 5-5, with their first ever win over a Pac-12 team, while Oregon St. slipped to 8-3.

The Beavers are now off for Christmas, returning to action Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 PM at Gill Coliseum, in their last non-conference contest of the season, against UC-Santa Barbara.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com