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Oregon State hoops: a 51-point loss at home to Seattle U. is a joke, right? Can't happen, right?

By Paul Buker, The Oregonian

January 06, 2010, 8:43PM
Authorities were still searching for the black box after Wednesday night's disaster at Gill. Here is part of the game story we filed for the print edition.

CORVALLIS – An innocent-looking non-conference game with upstart Seattle University turned into an exercise in  “can you believe it?’’ Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum.
 LATEST ROB ROB ROB.gifOSU coach Craig Robinson wants to believe that Wednesday night's historic loss to Seattle U. was a fluke and not a sign of impending disaster. It was Seattle U. 99, Oregon State 48 in front of an announced crowd of 4,622.
 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.
  “Ain’t seen nothing quite like that, huh?’’ said Seattle U. coach Cameron Dollar.
  “I haven’t.’’
  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.
   “It’s worth analyzing but it’s not worth beating yourselves up about.’’
   Robinson said his players – who weren’t allowed to comment – would be back on the floor at around 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
   His plan is to “make practice so unbearable that they forget about it.’’
   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.
   The Redhawks, who led 41-27 at halftime, shot 58 percent from the floor and had five players in double figures.
   OSU shot 32 percent from the floor, had 20 turnovers, and played much of the game as if it didn’t care.
   If this was the Beavers’ idea of lulling arch-rival Oregon into a false sense of security, no one will know if it worked until Sunday’s Civil War game at Mac Court, where OSU has lost 16 in a row.
   “They’re going to be licking their chops to get at us next,’’ guessed Robinson of the Ducks.
   Robinson said graduated point guard Rickey Claitt would have never allowed a 51-point non-conference loss at home to happen, and he said the Beavers are still in search of “on-court leadership’’ but he stopped short of ripping his team because he’s assuming they completely over-looked the Redhawks.
  Boy, did they overlook the Redhawks.
  “I would never call our guys quitters,’’ said Robinson, asked about a horrific second half.
   “You can get punched in the face so hard, you’re dazed and you can’t snap out of it.’’
   Robinson said he was not totally shocked. “We’re still, what 15 months removed from being that team that didn’t win any (Pac-10) games,’’ he said.
  Robinson, who has had little sleep this week since the arrival of a new baby in the family, said he ran through a gamut of emotions on the bench.
   “As a coach, the first thing is anger when you see the type of effort we gave because we don’t normally have that kind of effort. … you hit the anger button first, then before you hit the disappointed button you hit the ‘what the heck is going on?’ button. …’’
  Robinson hopes he can push the right buttons Sunday, when OSU tries to win at Mac Court for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
   The team was one of the comeback stories of the year in college basketball last season is showing some disturbing signs, but Robinson said, "we've got a lot of season left.''

   The Beavers do have a lot of season left, but if they play like they did Wednesday night, they will not win a single Pac-10 game.

   As the Beavers trudged into their dressing room, freshman Roberto Nelson - who isn't eligible to play in the games - had his head in his hands.
   "Crazy stuff, man!'' said Nelson to no one in particular.

   Crazy, indeed.

   I told Robinson that given the wackiness of OSU's season so far, it wouldn't totally shock me if the Beavers beat the Ducks (who must surely be expecting a blowout) on Sunday.

   "From your mouth to God's ears,'' said Robinson.

   Then he was gone from the interview room, hoping to wipe this one from his memory by the 11 o'clock news.

   Notes: "We don't have a true leader yet,'' said Robinson, who said the fact he has been pre-occupied of late with the new baby might have seeped into the team. ... "I'm not laying all the blame on them, not at all,'' he said. ... Robinson was asked if he had EVER been beaten this badly, playing or coaching, and he guessed that he had. "We played a pretty tough schedule at Princeton,'' he said. ... "It would be disturbing if we had a pattern of it,'' said Robinson. "But we haven't. We've always played, at least with some brains.'' ... Roeland Schaftenaar (1-for-4), Seth Tarver (0-for-4) and Calvin Haynes (4-for-14) demonstrated OSU's shooting futility. ... "I can see us being close with the good teams and losing to the bad teams,'' said Robinson. "That's what a team without some real on the court leadership can do.'' ... obviously, OSU's performance was another blow to the Pac-10, which is taking hits from all over the country this season. .. the website Basketballprospectus.com called Seattle U's win "one of the most amazing results of the season.'' ... nah. It wasn't that amazing.

   - PB    


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Posted by oregon_fan
January 06, 2010, 9:14PM

Well Beaver fans, after last year, welcome back to earth.

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Posted by rosco65pts
January 07, 2010, 7:52AM

Hey Buker, wasn't it "Legendary" at Gill last night? Why are we hearing the excuse that Beav is only 15 months removed from a winless Pac 10 season, you conviently forget about that a couple months ago when you were gawking over Robinson and the tourney bound Beavs. I miss your TMZ style "articles" gawking over the Rogers bros. and michelle's brother. Get a life!

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Posted by rfc63
January 06, 2010, 9:24PM

Craig Robinson's team put up as many points tonight as his brother-in-law's approval rating.

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Posted by JayinPortland
January 07, 2010, 1:40AM

Which would still be, what, about 40-something points higher than your guy left office with, or would receive today?

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Posted by Chester
January 07, 2010, 9:59AM

Seattle scored just a few more points than W's approval rating was after his first year in office.

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Posted by ups68
January 06, 2010, 9:25PM


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Posted by arresteddevt
January 06, 2010, 9:27PM

OSU could benefit from some kind of a healthcare plan. Or have they faced the Death Panels?

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Posted by navydan1
January 08, 2010, 12:27PM

Actually, though this is off the subject but pertinent to your comment, Death Panels already exist. One is down here in Vegas at publicly-funded UMC (University Medical Center), where a couple of weeks ago, a woman came into the emergency room complaining of severe abdominal pains. She was pregnant but didn't know it and had gone into labor. The emergency personnel refused to see her. She eventually left and later gave birth to a child who died.
She is now suing UMC.

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Posted by calbeav1
January 06, 2010, 9:32PM

Anyone else notice how Robinson seems a little soft this year? Wonder what's going on. A tough job, eh, Ivy Boy? I hope he can get it done, but the jury is still out.

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Posted by potclub
January 06, 2010, 9:33PM

WTF. Did Elgin Baylor play?

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Posted by cyherdecoded
January 07, 2010, 6:15AM

I think Eddie Miles was in also.

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Posted by rayone
January 06, 2010, 9:34PM

OK, come on guys! You're the 2009 CBI National Champions. This is unacceptable.

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Posted by japhyryder
January 06, 2010, 9:41PM

Where are all those people who were so convinced that Craig Robinson would soon be moving on to greener pastures? Lot of work left to do at OSU. Robinson hasn't even begun to establish a body of work that would merit looks from more elite programs.

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Posted by dukfan1
January 06, 2010, 9:41PM

rfc63 - hey, nice cheap shot on our president. Guess you'd prefer the idiot son of Bush.

Try keeping your comments to the game of basketball, bozo.

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Posted by oldschoolduk
January 07, 2010, 12:32AM


you ever heard of free speech? I hate the beavers, but I can't stand pinko communists like you even more.

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Posted by orangepop
January 08, 2010, 2:30PM

Like the sun coming up in the east, we can always count on oldschoolduk to be a jackass.

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Posted by blazerdogg
January 06, 2010, 9:44PM

Everything Obama going down in flames... Poor economy; High unemployment; Forcing an unpopular healthcare plan down our throats; Domestic terrorism on the rise; Three high-profile Dems annouce their retirement, today, and now this, Seattle U. taking brother in-law behind the woodshed! Someone has some bad karma working!

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Posted by dukfan1
January 06, 2010, 9:55PM

blazerdogg - you can take your right-wing idiot views and go fly a kite. This a post about basketball. Rush Limbaugh had a heart attack recently. He praised the health care system, like that fat pig had to worry about getting adequate health care, unlike some poor slob who can't afford it. Let's carry on this conversation elsewhere beside a blog on pitiful oregon state beavers bball. Man, what's with you right wingers? Since when is beaver basketball about the poor economy? Besides, isn't the current problem based on your bonehead buddy Bush anyway? What planet do you live on?

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Posted by blackstart
January 06, 2010, 10:02PM

Hey Duckfan
How 'bout them Ducks. Lets bring back the Boise State thug while things are going so well, then watch the Roses wilt.

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Posted by dukfan1
January 06, 2010, 10:35PM

What thug are you talking about? Byron Hout? Guess which "thug" is going to be a high draft pick in the NFL and make a million dollars? Hint, it won't be the idiot from idaho who got his clock cleaned!

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