If energy and effort showed up on the stat sheet, Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas’s performances on Monday would have made the sheet look like a “Lite Brite” board.
The two were diving on the floor for loose balls, making hustle plays and all while draining three-pointers left and right.
The Oregon State men’s basketball team needed every minute of Hunt and Lucas on the court but there wasn’t enough support from the rest of the team. Oregon State (5-4, 1-2 Pac-12) ended up short with a 81-71 loss to the Stanford Cardinal (6-3, 2-1 Pac-12) on Monday afternoon in Corvallis, Oregon.
Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas.
The sophomore guards showed out against Stanford making plays all over the court and both came off the bench. Hunt single-handedly kept Oregon State in the game in the first half and finished with 17 points hitting 4-for-6 from three-point range and two steals.
Coming into today, Hunt was averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Oregon State knew how quickly Lucas can develop the “hot hand” behind the arc and it showed once again today. He finished with a team-high 22 points hitting 5-for-10 from three-point range.
Lucas was averaging 11.1 points and 39.6% from 3PT range heading into this game.
Their performance was necessary with a poor shooting performance from Ethan Thompson.
The free throw disparity was very lopsided in favor of Stanford.
The Cardinal went 20-for-30 from the line compared to 14-for-17 for Oregon State. Stanford hit the double bonus with under five minutes of game clock left making every foul against Oregon State an opportunity for Stanford at the charity stripe. This game was tied at 61 apiece coming down the stretch.
Oregon State hit 32% (11-of-34) from three-point range, a majority of them coming from Hunt and Lucas.
On the defensive end, the Cardinal shot 52% as a team from the field, including 31 points and 10 rebounds from starting forward Oscar da Silva.
Postgame quotes from head coach Wayne Tinkle will be updated when made available.
The Next Game
The Beavers (5-4, 1-2 Pac-12) will hit the road to the Mountain schools to first face the Utah Utes (4-3, 1-2 Pac-12 play) on Wednesday, January 6 at 8 p.m. (PT) in Salt Lake City, Utah.