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Basketball: A surprise? OSU blasts ASU

We didn’t see this coming . . .

– Oregon State 80, Arizona State 58: The Beavers (6-6, 1-0) scored 46 second-half points to rout the visiting Sun Devils (7-5, 0-1), snapping a six-game drought in the series. Joe Burton had 17 points and nine rebounds for OSU and Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Freshmen Roberto Nelson and Ahmad Starks each scored 12 for the Beavers, who shot 53 percent and pounded ASU 41-22 on the boards.  Ty Abbott scored 18 points for ASU, but was scoreless over the final 24  minutes.

– Arizona 76, Oregon 57: The Wildcats (12-2, 1-0) got a career night from sophomore Kevin Parrom, who shot 8 for 9 and scored 20 points in 21 minutes, and added eight rebounds. Derrick Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds, despite attempting just three shots from the field. He was 8 for 11 from the FT line. The Wildcats led by 15 at halftime, shot 56 percent and outrebounded the Ducks 40-25. Jeremy Jacob scored 17 for Oregon, which shot an awful 1 for 17 from 3-PT.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

– Washington (9-3, 1-0) at UCLA (9-4, 1-0), 1 p.m.: The Bruins ride a five-game win streak into this matinee at Pauley Pavilion. The home team has won the past nine games in this series.

– Washington State (10-3, 0-1) at USC (8-6, 0-1), 3 p.m.: The Cougars won both meetings a year ago, albeit by just a combined 11 points.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh

    Only saw the last meaningless minutes of the ASU/OSU surprise after watching the Stanford women dismantle the Maya Moore show. What a great display of team defense. They were bodying her all over the court, and switching on every screen so that Moore really had a hard time getting open. Stanford’s size meant that anyone who switched was up to the task. Moore should have gone Michael Jordan on them and driven to the basket more, but it didn’t happen.

    Where were the Auriemma calls for her to “take over this game!!!” like in last year’s title game? He/She didn’t do it. Wanting to lose? Wanting to show/teach the new youngins’ that losing is possible if you don’t step up? They seemed to lay down a bit too easily, based on what we know of their competitiveness from the past. Neither go down without more of a fight if it’s an elimination game.

    Great win. But, Rematch in March!
    When it counts.

  • discdude

    Uh oh, are you retired? You comment on every game!

    I don’t think you can blame Auriemma or Moore for losing one out of 91! Damn, what a streak. If Uconn wanted to avoid losing until the NCAAs, they wouldn’t have scheduled Stanfurd on the road. Kudos to them for doing that, knowing what a difficult game it would be. Auriemma wanted them tested and they were (Tennessee won’t schedule UConn any more due to the Auriemma/Summit feud). Now they’ll be more than ready for a NC again because the pressure of 110 to 115 straight might have been too much. And my money would be on UConn in a March rematch, this is exactly what Auriemma was thinking when he scheduled it, lose and they’ll work harder/get better, win and they’ll know they have Stanfurd’s number. Genius.

  • uh oh

    DiscDude:

    I don’t think I was BLAMING Gino or Maya for the loss. I think more I was commenting on the psychology of it, and isn’t that interesting.

    It’s not their fault, per se, that Uconn lost. And they did not INTENTION to lose. But lose they did, and I think if winning that game meant more to them, they would have done some things differently to obtain a different outcome. Stanford still might have won, but I think there are some different behaviors we would have seen out of them.

    I trust you enjoy my notes!

  • discdude

    oh yeah, no problem…just having fun.