After an incredible run to end the regular season got them back to the NCAA Tournament, the Beavers year finally came to an end, as they simply could not keep up with the South Carolina Gamecocks. In their second round matchup, South Carolina’s defense absolutely shut down the Beavers, giving the GAmecocks a 59-42 win and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Oregon State finishes the season 12-8.
After the first quarter ended with USC up 14-13, it looked like we would be in for a close game. Unfortunately for the Beavers, the second quarter was disastrous. South Carolina clamped down on the Oregon State’s shooters, allowing the Beavers only 5 points in the quarter. The Gamecocks didn’t exactly explode offensively, but when you’re opponent isn’t hitting double digits in a quarter, you don’t exactly need to burn the house down with scoring.
The half ended with Oregon State down 30-18, and the third quarter was just about as rough as the second. South Carolina used their dominance of the rebounding game, which they won 50-32, to shift their scoring into a higher gear. They got there lead up to 24 at the end of the third, 53-29. The Beavers managed to claw things back a bit in the fourth, but South Carolina was taking things slow at that point, with the game well in hand.
Taylor Jones led the Beavers in scoring with 13. Jones got into foul trouble early, which hampered Oregon State all day. Jones also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Aleah Goodman was the only other Beaver to hit double digits, with 10 points 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
It’s a disappointing end to the season for OSU, especially for the seniors who may not come back next season, but after the way this team came together to close out the year its hard to be too sad. This team played with amazing heart to get there shot in March Madness, and deserves to be celebrated. The future looks very bright.