Oregon State Drops Season Opener At Tennesse Tech, 90-62
Nov. 20, 2005
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Belton Rivers and Anthony Fisher came off the bench to score a combined 38 points, shooting 7-for-7 from long range and the Golden Eagles set a school record by draining 90 percent (9-for-10) of their 3-pointers in cruising to a convincing 90-62 victory over Pac 10 visitor Oregon State Sunday afternoon. It was the home opener for Tech (1-1) and the season opener for the Beavers (0-1).
Rivers was 5-for-5 from long range and 8-for-11 overall to top the Eagles with 22 points, while Fisher hit both of his 3-pointers and went 5-for-7 from the floor to score 16 points. He also dished out a team-high six assists as the Golden Eagles shot 60.7 percent from the field (34-for-56).
Six differnt players scored in double figures for Tech, with Amadi McKenzie adding 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Derek Stribling and Keyon Boyd scored 11 apiece, and Milone Clark added 10.
Sasa Cuic was the only Beaver in double figures with 11 points.
Oregon State scored the first points of the contest and led 6-4 in the early going, but Tech tied the game on a layup by McKenzie with 15:04 to play in the first half and Fisher's first 3-pointer of the game at 14:14 put Tech on top for the rest of the contest.
OSU fought to within five points, 20-15, with 7:58 before the break but Tech used a 7-2 run to take its lead to double digits, 27-17, with 4:39 to go. The Golden Eagles also scored the final 10 points of the first half to go from a 31-24 lead to a 41-24 margin at the intermission.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles continued to dominate and built the lead from 17 to 27, leading 60-33 with 12:16 to go.
The biggest lead of the night was 32 points, which the Golden Eagles reached with 1:26 remaining as Fisher hit a pair of free throws for an 87-55 difference.
It didn't matter where Tech shot from, the Golden Eagles found the range to the delight of the 2,181 fans on hand for the home opener. Tech was 13-of-14 at the free throw line for 92.9 percent. Tech also had a 32-30 edge in rebounds, with Clark, McKenzie and Johnathan Jones each getting four to top the squad. Cuic and Marcel Jones led OSU with five rebounds each.
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