Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Halftime: Oregon State 28, Stanford 21

The first half between these two teams has played out just like Oregon State coach Craig Robinson wanted it to, ugly and slow. The Cardinal shot less than 38 percent in the first half, including 5-for-15 from players not named Landry Fields. The Cardinal has a solid club but it can't hit a key shot in the first half.

Oregon State, meanwhile, is doing exactly what it likes to do. Play a stifling zone defense, pound the ball in the paint occasionally and and hit 3-pointers. The Beavers are 4-for-8 from behind the arc at halftime with Calvin Haynes and Lathen Wallace each scoring seven points.

By the way, don't get fooled by Craig Robinson being Barack Obama's brother-in-law. The dude is pretty intimidating looking because he is a solid 6-foot-6. For some reason he looks shorter on television but Robinson is a big dude.

Now back to the game: Stanford will have to improve on its 2-for-11 mark at the 3-point line in the second half.

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