After a somewhat impressive non-conference run, the Beavers have fallen back to earth. Tonight's 80-71 loss against Stanford marks the third loss in a row for Oregon State, and it's also safe to say that the season has officially become maddening. Despite the fact that the Beavers haven't been blown out a single time all season, it still feels like all hope is lost as the team continues their nasty habit of falling into big deficits that they then can't overcome.
There's not much to look at, but here are some numbers from the game:
12 - Consecutive unanswered points scored by Stanford to start the game. It took Oregon State nearly four minutes of gameplay to score their first points of the game, and by the time they finally did the Cardinal already had 12 points on the scoreboard.
20 - First-half lead for Stanford after the opening 10 minutes and 33 seconds of the game. Look, the Beavers have a tough time scoring as it is. They are a tough defensive team (on most nights) but they have to be because of their inability to run and gun. When any team, but especially a team like Oregon State's, falls behind by 20 points it is very difficult to crawl back into the game.
37 - Combined points for Drew Eubanks (19) and Tres Tinkle (18) in the game. The Oregon State duo accounted for more than half of their team's entire point total, and they did so on excellent shooting from the field. Eubanks made eight of his nine shot attempts while Tinkle made six of his 10 attempts. The problem is that they were the only ones that shot well in the game. Taking their makes and attempts out of the Beaver totals, the rest of the team made just 10 of 30 shot attempts.
18 - Consecutive losses in true road games for Oregon State. This is an ugly trend that the Beavers can't seem to shake. For whatever reason, they play much better at Gill Coliseum than they do in the other team's gym as this loss to a lower-tier conference foe takes this road losing streak to 18 games. The last time Oregon State won a game in their opponent's gym was March 5th...of 2016.
Oregon State (11-10, 3-6) next plays at California (7-16, 1-9) on February 3rd.