Beavers Shot Down by Cal-Riverside

Dec. 9, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cal-Riverside got 11 points each from Vili Morton, Aaron Hands and Mark Miller and knocked off Oregon State 67-63 in non-league men's basketball Saturday night at Gill Coliseum. The Highlanders (3-4), in their first season in NCAA Division I, shot 11-for-25 on 3-pointers.

OSU (4-3) was led by Josh Steinthal's 15 points while Jason Heide and Deaundra Tanner scored 14 each.

Trailing 49-42 with 8:33 to play, Cal-Riverside scored 10 straight points to go up 52-49 on Morton's short turnaround jumper with 5:15 left. After Steinthal tied the game with a 3-pointer, Trenell Eddings put the Highlanders ahead for good with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired at the 4:10 mark, it was his only field goal in seven attempts on the night.

UCR still led just 55-54 with 2:17 left, but Eddings hit six straight free throws and Morton added a layin to push the margin to 63-58 with 58 seconds remaining. Brian Jackson missed a 3-pointer on OSU's next possession, Cal-Riverside's Hands came out of a scramble for the rebound with the ball and hit a pair of free throws to make it 65-58 with 30 seconds left and the Beavers were never within four points again.

Cal-Riverside had a 38-22 edge in rebounds, including allowing OSU just six offensive rebounds. The Beavers turned the ball over just 11 times while forcing 19 turnovers, but Oregon State shot 24-for-56 (42.9 percent) from the field, including 5-for-20 on 3-pointers.

Cal-Riverside jumped to a 32-22 halftime lead, boosted by 8-for-16 shooting from behind the 3-point line in the first half. After OSU had taken a 9-7 lead with 12:56 to go in the half, the Highlanders went on a 16-4 run over the next 7:04 to go in front 23-13.

Oregon State responded early in the second half, outscoring UCR 21-4 after intermission to take a 43-36 lead on Steinthal's 3-pointer with 11:16 left. During that stretch, Tanner had seven points and Steinthal six for the Beavers.

The win was the biggest of the season for Cal-Riverside, whose inaugural Division I campaign has already included games at Stanford, Wyoming and Weber State.

'It looked a little ambitious, and it probably was,' UCR coach John Masi said of the schedule. 'We had to prove it on the road. We hadn't played intelligently enough. In the first half, we executed well ... I thought we'd lose these games and learn from them, but you always play to win.'

As Oregon State built its lead in the second half, Masi called three time outs aimed at helping his team focus its shot selection.

'I said, `Take the shots when they're there',' Masi said. 'It took three time outs to get it across ... normally, a team like Oregon State pulls away, but we had a lot of key plays by key people. It's all confidence. You have to believe you're improving.'

OSU head coach Ritchie McKay credited the Highlanders for earning the victory.

'Riverside played harder than we did and deserved to win,' McKay said. 'They outworked us. Sometimes you shoot well, sometimes you don't. We've just got to find a way to rebound better.'

Injuries have the Beavers with just eight players suiting up for games, but Steinthal refused to attribute OSU's third straight loss to a lack of depth.

'Lack of depth has nothing to do with it,' Steinthal said. 'It's just an excuse ... we had a lot of defensive lapses, and that's what cost us the win. We gave them some good looks.'

CAL-RIVERSIDE 67, OREGON STATE 63

CAL-RIVERSIDE (3-4) - Vili Morton 4-7 3-4 11, Aaron Hands 4-6 2-2 11, Mark Miller 4-9 1-2 11, Clayton 0-1 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Bell 2-5 0-0 6, Perkins 2-5 0-0 5, Eddings 1-7 6-6 9, Labah 2-3 0-0 6, Elder 1-1 0-0 3, Vanta 1-1 0-0 3, Dededer 0-0 0-0 0, Zepeda 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 12-14 67.

OREGON STATE (4-3) - Josh Steinthal 6-12 0-1 15, Jackson 2-11 2-2 7, Heide 5-8 4-6 14, Cokley 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner 5-11 4-4 14, Masten 3-6 0-0 7, Haywood 3-7 0-0 6, Manker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 10-13 63.

Halftime score: Cal-Riverside 32, Oregon State 22.

3-point shooting: Cal-Riverside 11-25 (Butler 0-1, Bell 2-5, Perkins 1-3, Eddings 1-5, Labagh 2-3, Elder 1-1, Hands 1-1, Vanta 1-1, Miller 2-5), Oregon State 5-20 (Jackson 1-4, Cokley 0-1, Tanner 0-4, Masten 1-3, Haywood 0-3, Steinthal 3-5). Rebounds: Cal-Riverside 38 (Hands 6, Morton 6), Oregon State 22 (Heide 6). Assists: Cal-Riverside 13 (Eddings 5), Oregon State 14 (Jackson 4, Masten 4). Total fouls: Cal-Riverside 18, Oregon State 18. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Attendance: 3,370.

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