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Oregon State Men’s Basketball Analysis:Oregon State vs USC

The Beavers fall in the City of Angels to a talented USC squad 92-66

Reign of Troy

The Beavers (4-21 Overall, 0-12 Pac-12) continue to struggle on the road as they were soundly defeated by the talented USC Trojans 92-66. The game was pretty much over at halftime as USC jumped out to a 44-27 lead. USC’s Shaqquan Arron led all scorers with 21 points, and Bennie Boatwright added 16 points for the Trojans. JaQuori McLaughlin led the Beavs with 12 points. Stephen Thompson Jr., Drew Eubanks, and Kendall Manuel all scored 11 points each. USC shot 50.9% from the field, while the Beavers shot 38.7% from the field.

Here are some takeaways from the game...

Ben Kone had 10 points off the bench

Freshman Forward Ben Kone continues to develop as he added 10 points vs USC. Kone missed the first 9 games of the season recovering from surgery from a torn ACL he suffered in his Senior season in High School. Kone continues to get into better shape as he adjusts to Division 1 basketball. Kone has a bright future for Oregon State. He’s got good size and strength to play down low.

The Lack of Depth and Experience Continues to Hurt this Team

Opposing teams will continue to wear down the Beavers this season because of their lack of depth. In addition, Oregon State is one of the youngest teams in the nation and the growing pains displayed by the Beavers are quite evident. The best the Beavers can hope for is to give it their all in each of their last 6 regular season games. They need to continue to grow and learn as they build for the 2017-18 season.