Oregon State men's basketball honors former head coach Jim Anderson
A first-year head coach roams the sideline in Corvallis. A star player with the initials "G.P." wows the fans on a nightly basis. No, we aren't talking about the 2014-15 Oregon State Beavers, but rather the Beavers of 25 seasons ago — the last OSU men's basketball squad to make the Big Dance.
The year was 1990 and the coach was Jim Anderson. The player, of course, was Gary Payton, father of current Beavers star, Gary Payton II.
Anderson, who led Oregon State to a 22-7 (15-3, Pac-10) record in his first year was honored during tonight's 55-50 Beaver win over Washington State at Gill Coliseum to mark the 25th anniversary of being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the '89-'90 season. That edition of the Beavers also happened to be the last to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Anderson chatted with Pac-12 Networks' Josh Lewin and Lamar Hurd during the first half of OSU's win. The old coach still has some magic, too. The Beavers went on a 9-2 run to get back into the game while Anderson was being interviewed.