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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Madison Square Garden (19,786) -- New York, New York. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Purdue 1-1, Oregon St. 2-0. Away Record: Purdue 0-0, Oregon St. 0-0. Neutral Record: Purdue 0-1, Oregon St. 0-1. Conference Record: Purdue 0-0, Oregon St. 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Purdue Boilermakers and Oregon State Beavers will have to settle for the consolation prize as the two teams square off at Madison Square Garden for third place in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City.
The Boilermakers battled back from a six-point halftime deficit to lead Villanova in the second half, only to end up in overtime in one of the tournament's semifinal games on Thursday night. Purdue was simply outplayed in the overtime session, falling to the Wildcats, 89-81. With the loss, Purdue drops to 1-2 on the season.
Oregon State went toe-to-toe with Alabama in the other semifinal matchup, but it was a 3-pointer by the Crimson Tide with about 13 seconds remaining to handed the Beavers a 65-62 defeat, the team's first of the season. Prior to that, OSU had handled their business in the Corvallis regional at home, posting wins over Niagara (102-83) and New Mexico State (71-62).
This marks the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
After a sluggish first half that saw Purdue shoot just .342 from the floor, including an ugly 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, the Boilermakers went into intermission down by six points to Villanova. Purdue came roaring back in the second half, taking advantage of the Wildcats' shooting woes (9-of-33) to actually lead, before Villanova was able to erase a seven-point deficit with only a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, Purdue fell victim to a couple of 3-pointers from James Bell that sealed the Boilermakers' fate. Purdue had four players finish in double figures in the heart-breaking loss, led by D.J. Byrd's 16 points. Terone Johnson added 13 points, Ronnie Johnson just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine assists, while Donnie Hale added 11 points to the cause.
Through three games, Byrd and Ronnie Johnson are tied for the team-lead in scoring at 11.0 ppg. Johnson is also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game. Hale round out the double-digit scorers with 10.0 ppg.
Oregon State dug itself out of a 15-point hole with a 25-10 run in the second half to knot things up with the Crimson Tide, only to have a 3-pointer in the waning moments provide the difference and put the Beavers in the loss column for the first time this season. The loss spoiled a strong performance by Devon Collier, who poured in a game-high 21 points. Angus Brandt added a double- double in defeat, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Moreland (6 pts) was also strong on the glass, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds.
If three games are a true measure of this team's offensive potency, than Oregon State should give the rest of the Pac-12 problems this season. The Beavers are netting 78.3 ppg, doing so on a healthy .494 shooting. They have shown themselves to be a deep scoring team, with five players currently averaging double figures, led by Ahmad Starks' 18.0 ppg. Roberto Nelson is a distant second at 12.7 ppg, followed by Brandt (12.0 ppg), Collier (11.7 ppg) and Joe Burton (10.3 ppg).
This is an interesting matchup, as both teams could have easily found themselves in the title game had it not been for a few plays here and there. Still, OSU's depth could be the difference, as the Beavers find a way to salvage something from their trip across the country.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 77, Purdue 74
11/16 10:44:49 ET
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