Devon Collier led the Beavers (3-1) with 20 points and 7 rebounds,
while Angus Brandt had 19 points and seven boards. Oregon State shot
64 percent from the field and attempted just eight 3-pointers while
the starting unit scored 68 points.
"I think you pound the paint until your head caves in, or until
somebody stops you," Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said.
Playing their fourth game in five nights, SIU-Edwardsville (1-6) was
led by Maurice Wiltz, who had 16 points. Donivine Stewart added 13
points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Cougars. Stewart
came into the game leading the Cougars in scoring at 14.2 points per
The Beavers started the game on a 13-3 run, with Victor Robbins
scoring seven of those points. Robbins finished with 12 points.
The Cougars only basket in the first three minutes was on a deep
3-pointer by Stewart with the shot clock winding down.
"I thought we dug ourselves such a big hole. It was obviously partly
due to Oregon State. They were just tremendously long and athletic
on the defensive end," SIUE coach Lennox Forrester said.
SIUE shot 39 percent in the first half and fell behind by as many as
25 points. The half ended with Oregon State up 52-29.
The Cougars only got as close as 16 points during the second half.
The nation's scoring leader coming into the game and the reigning
Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Beavers' Roberto Nelson scored 17
points, 13 points off his season average. He did match a career high
with seven assists and was content to distribute the ball in the
first half, attempting just three shots and scoring four points.
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"The game plan was to throw it down and beat
them down low, and have that open everything else up," Nelson
"When your best player, Robert Nelson, doesn't even look at the
basket for the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game, it sets a
tone for everybody else," Robinson said. "To be able to have 32
baskets and 23 assists on that, that is a real testament to
these players and their feelings towards one another and their
ability to follow a game plan."
In just their second season as a fully-certified NCAA Division I
program, the Cougars were winless in Portland State Tournament
over the weekend, losing the three games by a combined nine
SIUE was playing its fourth game in five days.
"We came out west . to get better as a basketball team, and even
though we didn't get any wins, I thought we did do that,"
The Beavers last game was a 79-73 win over Maryland at College
Park with President Barack Obama in attendance. Robinson is
Michelle Obama's brother. Oregon State is 4-0 with the president
Oregon State scored more than 100 points for the 31st time in
school history and for the first time since beating Niagra
102-83 on November 9,2012.
The Beavers next play DePaul on Sunday in Chicago.
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