Beavers Move To 3-0 In Europe With Another Double-Digit Win
Aug. 26, 2012
MADRID, Spain - Angus Brandt continued his strong play with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the Oregon State men's basketball team defeat Alcobendas, 85-69, Sunday night in Madrid, Spain, the Beavers third win in Europe by double figures.
Brandt is averaging 15 points and 10.3 rebounds with two double-doubles in the Beavers' three games in Europe and has one more game to continue his hot streak when Oregon State plays Real Canoe Monday night before heading home on Tuesday.
"Hopefully we've created a Frankenstein's monster with Angus, because that kid is playing out of his mind," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said.
Devon Collier had a game-high 17 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, while Roberto Nelson had 16 points and Ahmad Starks added 11 points, seven assists and four steals. Eric Moreland had six points and eight rebounds and Victor Robbins had nine points and four boards off the bench.
The Beavers shared the ball well with 27 assists on their 37 field goals and committed only 15 turnovers against the Level 3 team in the Spanish Professional League, their fewest in the three games in Europe.
"This was easily our best game so far," Robinson said. "I thought that our guys handled a much more athletic team, a bigger team really well. What they showed is that they have the capability of playing up to the competition as opposed to playing down to the competition. It's a good thing that they can play up to the competition.
"I thought our team defense was the best I've seen in the two years we've been playing man-to-man and we clearly moved the ball around well. So this is easily the best game we've had all summer."
Robinson went with a starting lineup of Starks and Nelson at guard, Collier and Moreland at forward and Brandt at center. Daniel Gomis sat out the game to rest the leg he broke last summer and is expected to play Monday against Real Canoe.
The game started off at a furious pace as the teams combined for 51 first quarter points with the Beavers taking a 28-23 lead. Oregon State went on a 12-4 run midway through the second quarter with Brandt converting two three-point plays and led 50-39 at the break when Victor Robbins hit Eric Moreland with a sweet pass for a layup right before the buzzer sounded.
The Beavers led by 11 points through three quarters when Robinson put his starters back in to start the final frame. They quickly built the lead to 18 at 78-60 with 5:17 to play before the bench was emptied for the third straight game.
"Ahmad had his first really good game, which got us started and I'm also really enjoying watching Eric Moreland mature as a player," Robinson said. "He's playing under control and really helping the team on the defensive end being able to guard a smaller guy. If we can get this type of game from Devon night in and night out, we'll have a three-pronged attack every game and you won't know which three it will be."
The Beavers conclude their four-game trip to Europe in a Monday night tip against Real Canoe that will start at 11 a.m. PDT.
Oregon State Scoring: Collier 17, Brandt 16, Nelson 16, Starks 11, Robbins 9, Moreland 6, Reid 6, Burton 2, Morris-Walker 2, Barton 0, Moyer 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
Oregon State Rebounding: Brandt 10, Burton 9, Moreland 8, Collier 6, Nelson 5, Robbins 4, Reid 3, Starks 2, Morris-Walker 2, Barton 1, Moyer 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
Oregon State Assists: Starks 7, Moreland 4, Burton 4, Nelson 3, Collier 2, Brandt 2, Barton 2, Robbins 1, Morris-Walker 1, Moyer 1, Reid 0, Powers 0, Jones 0.
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