The recurring theme of this season has been Oregon State's habit of falling into scoring droughts during games, often during the final ten minutes or so of close games. Tonight against Oregon was more of the same story, except that the drought hit during the first half and the Beavers were never able to fully recover.
After Oregon State fell down by as much as 21 points during the first half, they were able to claw back enough to excite the handful of Beaver fans that hadn't tuned out but not enough to ever truly threaten Oregon. When the final buzzer sounded, the Beavers walked off the court with a 66-57 loss.
Here are the (mostly sad) numbers:
65.2% - First-half shooting percentage for Oregon. While the Ducks finished the game with the same number of buckets from the field as the Beavers, things weren't even at all in the first half. Oregon shot 15-23 from the field in the first 20 minutes, which led them to a 16-point halftime lead that Oregon State was never able to recover from.
17 - Points off the bench for Oregon's Paul White. Oregon's bench outscored Oregon State's bench 21-7, and most of that is due to the stellar play of Paul White. He scored 17 points on 6-10 shooting, including 11 in the first half alone—which wasn't even the most impressive first half by an Oregon player because:
18 - Points scored in the first half by Oregon's Elijah Brown. Brown was able to pour in 18 points on only five shots from the field as well, because he sank all seven of his free throw attempts. Again, this was just in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
6:14 - Length of first-half scoring drought for Oregon State. At the 13:07 mark of the first half the Beavers were down 11-13, but by the time they scored again—to make it 13-27 with 6:53 remaining in the half—more than six minutes had elapsed and the Ducks had rattled off 14 straight points.
350 - Number of meetings between these two programs after tonight's contest. This rivalry is officially the most-contested in the country, as no two programs have played each other as much as the Beavers and Ducks have played each other.
Despite the loss tonight, the Beavers still hold a 187-163 advantage in the all-time series record.
Oregon State (11-9, 3-5) next plays at Stanford (11-10, 5-3) on February 1st.