Victor Robbins, coming off a career-high 22 points in the lopsided win over Grambling, continued his hot hand leading the Beavers with 27 points, another career-high. 6’10 Olaf Schaftenaar added 21 points and six rebounds while Gary Payton II continued to stuff the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocked shots while committing zero turnovers in 35 minutes of play.
Oregon State had a +11 rebounding advantage and generated 18 assists against only 12 turnovers, four of them late in the game. The Beavers shot 55 percent from the floor including 7-of-16 from distance and held the Blue Demons to 34 percent from the field (5-of-25 on threes).
The Beavers ran out to an early 22-8 lead and didn’t look back ending the first half with a 48-28 advantage. Oregon State played very effectively in the half hitting 50 percent (17-of-34) of their field goals and were 6-of-12 from deep. They out-rebounded DePaul 22-11 pulling down 10 offensive boards. Schaftenaar was active offensively from the start, hitting two early three-pointers and scoring 13 points. Payton II, coming off a triple-double in the Beavers last game, made it look like another triple-double might be possible, ending the half with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
We are liking Oregon State’s Payton II more and more. His only NBA shot would be as a point and he’s starting to exhibit those skills. In this game he played with the ball much more than he played off-the-ball. He sees the floor very well and made some nice passes to cutting Beavers near the hoop. His shooting is looking much better, but he still needs to extend his range and be more consistent from deep. He’s always around the ball with great rebounding anticipation and quick jumping ability. He got to two offensive rebounds on two of his missed shots in the game, converting both for dunks. He’s the leading rebounding guard in the country at 9.7 rpg. Payton II has been filling up the stat sheet, averaging 13.4 ppg, the 9.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.5 spg and 1.1 bpg. He’ll be fun to watch and see how he develops the rest of the season. We’ll be watching to see how he plays when he is the Beavers’ primary ball-handler and if those responsibilities increase as the season progresses.
Oregon State will head to Connecticut for a Sunday game against Quinnipiac. DePaul heads in the opposite direction, to Hawaii where they will play in the Diamond Head Classic with their first game against a solid Colorado team.
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