Saturday, December 14, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. — In the eyes of his coach, Devon Collier didn't take a bad shot for Oregon State on Friday night.
Collier scored 20 points on 9-10 shooting and added 10 rebounds as the Beavers beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 77-63.
It was Collier's fourth straight game with at least 20 points and he has shot 77 percent from the floor during that span.
"I think what you see from him is the confidence of a senior who isn't getting double-teamed," Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said.
And that's because of Roberto Nelson, who scored 26 points for Oregon State (4-2).
"It's hard to double when you have two guys scoring at a clip like that," Robinson said.
Nelson has scored in double digits for 23 straight games. The pair are the top scoring duo in the nation, averaging 25 and 23 points, respectively.
Davon Haynes had 18 points for the Golden Lions (2-7). Tevin Hammond had 10 assists and DeAndre McIntyre scored 12 points.
Oregon State (4-2) scored the first seven points and streaked to a 12-2 lead.
The Golden Lions took their first lead on a layup by Sean Tingle that made it 26-25 with 5:46 remaining in the half.
"We got out to such a big lead, they got desperate and started playing hard, and we didn't match that intensity," Robinson said.
The Beavers went into the break with a 36-32 lead thanks to a buzzer beating put-back by Langston Morris-Walker.
Robinson said he told the team they were giving up too many offensive rebounds at halftime.
"It just looked like we were getting outworked, and there's no rust for work," he said. "It seems like they got the message at halftime, and I didn't have to go crazy."
Oregon State built a cushion early in the second half thanks in part to Golden Lions turnovers. A steal and breakaway dunk by Collier put the Beavers ahead 47-38 with 16:24 left.
"When you turn it over against a good basketball team, they're going to capitalize," Golden Lions coach George Ivory said. "We gave some points off fast breaks."
The Beavers led by as many as 20 in the second half.
"We came out playing hard in the second half and it showed," Collier said.
The teams were scheduled to play Dec. 7, but the game was rescheduled three times as the Golden Lions were unable to fly out of Dallas, Texas due to inclement weather. That delay meant lengthy layoffs for both teams. The Beavers previous game was a 93-81 loss at DePaul on Dec. 1. The Golden Lions last game was a 65-72 loss to Hampton on Nov. 30.
"Two weeks off, no games, it just felt like it was the first game of the season," Collier said.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff now has lost seven straight games, all on the road. The Golden Lions home opener is set for Jan. 18.
Ivory said the road schedule helps the school's athletic budget, but also toughens up his team.
"We want to get our guys used to the competition and environments like this. . I think our guys learn a lot," he said.
Haynes came into the game leading the Golden Lions with 12.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds.