Beavers Begin With A Win

Nov. 17, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Josh Steinthal scored 16 points to lead Oregon State to a 68-53 win over Cal State-Fullerton in non-league men's basketball Friday night at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers limited CSUF to its lowest point total since a 91-32 loss to U.S. International during the 1964-65 season, and the Titans' 12 points after intermission was their lowest total ever for a half.

The game was a matchup of two head coaches making their debuts at new schools - OSU's Ritchie McKay and CSUF's Donny Daniels. McKay spent the past two seaons as head coach at Colorado State, while Daniels was an assistant at Utah for the last 11 years.

Steinthal hit a trio of 3-pointers and had 11 points in the first half for Oregon State (1-0), which had just eight players suited up due to injuries. Center Jason Heide scored 14 points for OSU, guard Adam Masten added 13 points and forward Brian Jackson had seven points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Cal State-Fullerton (0-1) was led by backup center Babacar Camara's 10 points and guard Kevin Richardson added nine points and five rebounds.

OSU took control with a 15-2 run midway through the first half. During that stretch, Steinthal hit a pair of 3-pointers and Heide added four points, at the other end, the Beavers forced the Titans into 1-for-7 shooting from the field and seven turnovers.

Cal State-Fullerton cut the deficit to 33-23 on Kevin Richardson's 3-pointer with one second left in the half. Oregon State then shut out the Titans for the first 5:36 of the second half, by which time the Beavers had built a 42-23 lead.

Oregon State went into Friday night's game still smarting from a 55-53 loss to Athletes in Action in an exhibition game Monday night.

'We wanted to show intensity on the defensive end,' OSU's Jackson said. 'We wanted to make a statement.'

Cal State-Fullerton shot just 37.5 percent (15-for-40) from the field for the game, including 25.0 percent (5-for-20) in the second half. Oregon State also forced 21 turnovers, with 13 of those coming after intermission.

'It's one step at a time, and it was a good first step,' McKay said. 'I'm not sure many teams would have come into Gill Coliseum and beaten us tonight. We still have a long way to go.'

Oregon State hit 48 percent (24-for-50) from the field, but the Beavers had 16 assists on their 24 field goals and turned the ball over just 13 times. OSU also had a 35-23 rebounding edge.

'They're a good shooting team and we knew that coming in,' Daniels said. 'They made a lot of 3's.'

OSU was 9-for-30 from 3-point range, including a 3-for-5 mark from Masten and a 3-for-10 night from Steinthal.

CAL STATE-FULLERTON (35) - Babacar Camara 5-8 0-0 10, Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Fischer 2-6 0-0 5, Caldwell 1-3 0-0 2, Richardson 4-6 0-0 9, Dillon 2-10 0-0 5, Smith 0-3 0-1 0, Travis 0-1 0-1 0, Kohn 1-1 2-4 4, Deve 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 2-6 35.

OREGON STATE (68) - Josh Steinthal 5-12 3-4 16, Jackson 3-8 1-2 7, Heide 6-8 2-2 14, Cokley 1-1 1-4 4, Tanner 1-5 2-3 5, Masten 5-7 0-0 13, Haywood 2-6 2-2 7, Manker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 24-50 11-17 68.

Halftime score: Oregon State 33, Cal State-Fullerton 23. 3-point shooting: Cal State-Fullerton 3-15 (Campbell 0-1, Fischer 1-4, Caldwell 0-0, Richardson 1-1, Dillon 1-8, Smith 0-1), Oregon State 9-30 (Jackson 0-5, Heide 0-1, Cokley 1-1, Tanner 1-2, Masten 3-5, Haywood 1-4, Steinthal 3-10, Manker 0-2). Rebounds: Cal State-Fullerton 23 (Richardson 5), Oregon State 35 (Jackson 12). Assists: Cal State-Fullerton 9 (Smith 4), Oregon State 16 (Tanner 3, Steithal 3). Attendance: 4,712.

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