Normally this space isn’t reserved for reporting on Oregon State basketball. That is, unless the school hires someone like Michelle Obama’s brother to run the team. But after the Beavers’ awe-inspiring performance last night, I thought I’d make an exception.
Craig Robinson’s Oregon State squad last night was savaged by conference-less Seattle University 99-48 in Corvallis. The Redhawks, a longtime Division II entry, have been turned down by the West Coach Conference for membership and won’t be eligible for Division I NCAA tournament play for three years.
So what’s the reax in Oregon today? Don’t ask.
The Beavers (6-8) trailed by as many as 54 points in the second half against a team that came in 6-9 after losing consecutive games to Oakland, Denver, Loyola-Marymount and Harvard.
It was OSU’s worst-ever loss at home – the Beavers began playing basketball in 1901-02 – and equalled the worst defeat in the history of the program, a 99-48 thrashing at Arizona on Jan. 23, 1997.
The crazy thing about Wednesday’s game is that Seattle’s star player, 6-foot-10 Charles Garcia, did nothing for 35 minutes because of foul trouble, which had to disappoint the nine or 10 NBA scouts in attendance.
OSU shot 32 percent from the floor, had 20 turnovers, and played much of the game as if it didn’t care.
The loss was so startling, coming just a few days after OSU nearly beat No. 17 Washington in Seattle, that Beavers’ coach Craig Robinson wanted to immediately mark it down as a fluke.
It was no shock that the Redhawks could beat OSU at Gill, but by 51 points?
“I would love to just throw this one out,’’ said Robinson, who said he hoped to be “over it’’ by the 11 o’clock news on Wednesday night.
Robinson reportedly was to have his players on the floor at 5am this morning, making practice, “practice so unbearable that they forget about it.”
Yeah, but what about the fans?