Beavers Chalk Up Another Win In Europe, 81-63, Over CB Santfeliuenc
Aug. 24, 2012
Game 1: Oregon State 76, St. Charles 59
SANT FELIU DE LLOBREGAT, Spain - Roberto Nelson had 17 points and Eric Moreland added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Oregon State men's basketball team to an 81-63 win over CB Santfeliuenc in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain on Friday night.
The Beavers improved to 2-0 on their European Tour after knocking off St. Charles of Charenton, 76-59, Tuesday night in France and have two games remaining in Madrid, Spain before traveling home on Tuesday.
"I like the way we battled," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "This was a game that we had some real adversity. It was a true away game with away calls, away rims, away court and our guys just hung in there and hung in there and eventually pulled away, which is exactly what they needed to do."
Nelson was 7-for-15 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, while Moreland made all eight of his field goal attempts and added three blocked shots and three steals. Angus Brandt had another solid game with 12 points and eight rebounds and Devon Collier was the fourth Oregon State player in double figures with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Robinson switched up his starting lineup from the first game in Europe, going with Challe Barton and Victor Robbins at guard, Eric Moreland and Jarmal Reid at forward and Daniel Gomis at center against the Level 2 Spanish Professional League team. Langston Morris-Walker was the first player off the bench.
"I just wanted to mix it up and see how guys reacted to something that normally wouldn't happen," Robinson said. "I had the starters coming off the bench and the second team starting to see how it would go. No particular reason. This is an opportunity to experiment and I wanted to do that."
The Beavers led by as many as 20 points in the game when they built a 55-35 lead with 6:06 to play in the third quarter. CB Santfeliuenc went on an 11-1 run to end the third and hit a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven points at 56-49.
Oregon State answered with a 12-2 run of its own to take a 68-51 lead and coasted the rest of the way as Robinson cleared the bench with 14 players seeing playing time, the only one not to play being C.J. Mitchell who is out for eight weeks with an injured back.
Ahmad Starks, Barton and Robbins each had seven points, while Joe Burton had nine rebounds, Gomis added seven boards and Morris-Walker had five rebounds and three steals in a game that no Oregon State player played more than 20 minutes.
The Beavers led 22-14 after the first quarter and were up 33-21 with 5:22 to go in the second quarter when Robinson was called for a technical foul, his first `T' in a very long time.
"I yelled `walk' and the guy gave me a technical, because their guy took like eight steps," Robinson said. "He didn't have to give me a technical, but we are in an away gym. I haven't gotten a technical in a long time. I was actually kind of surprised. But hey, I didn't want to create an international incident so we just calmed down and took it out on them underneath the rim."
Collier started the second half with a monster two-handed dunk to give the Beavers a 45-31 lead that sparked a 12-4 run to open the third quarter. The lefty made 5-of-7 shots from the field after making all six in the first game in Europe and is shooting 84.6 percent in the two games after leading the Pac-12 in field goal percentage last season at 61.5 percent.
Oregon State shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from three-point land and 39.4 percent (15-of-38) from the free throw line. The Beavers had 59 rebounds, 18 assists and 23 turnovers with the game being played at a faster pace with a 24-second shot clock and four 10-minute quarters.
"I still think we need to work on our rotation from a defensive standpoint," Robinson said. "We need to work on our turnovers; we turned the ball over absolutely too much. But I like our rebounding, I like our offense and we are still sharing the ball real well.
"I don't want to make excuses about the free throw shooting, but I thought the rim was a little low and that might have thrown some guys off. The foul shots are something I can't work on. I'm already a good foul shooter. They have to work on it so they can become very good foul shooters."
The Beavers play their third of four games on their European Tour on Sunday against Real Canoe with an 8 p.m. local time tip (11 a.m. PDT).
Oregon State Scoring: Nelson 17, Moreland 16, Brandt 12, Collier 11, Barton 7, Robbins 7, Starks 7, Burton 3, Reid 1, Gomis 0, Morris-Walker 0, Moyer 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
Oregon State Rebounding: Burton 9, Moreland 8, Brandt 8, Gomis 7, Collier 7, Reid 5, Morris-Walker 5, Robbins 3, Starks 3, Nelson 3, Barton 1, Moyer 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
Oregon State Assists: Robbins 4, Collier 4, Starks 4, Moreland 2, Burton 2, Barton 1, Nelson 1, Reid 0, Gomis 0, Brandt 0, Morris-Walker 0, Moyer 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
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