After arguably the best first half of the 2020-21 season for Oregon State, Stanford showed why it's the best team in the Pac-12, Saturday evening at Gill Coliseum.
After holding just a three-point lead at halftime, No. 5 Stanford (18-2, 15-2) outscored the Beavers (6-6, 4-6) 40-18 in the second half, including a fourth-quarter with a 23-6 margin, to win 83-58.
It snapped a three-game winning streak for Oregon State. Freshman guard Sahsa Goforth led Oregon State with 16 points on 5-11 from the field, including eight three-point attempts.
Here are the key takeaways.
Oregon State played its best half of the season.
All season, the Beavers had looked like a team that may struggle to make the NCAA Tournament with weird losses such as falling to Utah at home in December.
That did not look the case Saturday, at least for the first half.
The Beavers and Cardinal exchanged blows and Oregon State went into the locker room down just 43-40 to the fifth-ranked team in the nation and the best team in the conference.
Poor second half.
When the two teams re-entered the court after halftime, it was a completely different game. The Beavers scored just three field goals in both the third and fourth quarters while allowing Stanford to score seven and eight respectively.
A late 5-0 run in the third quarter made the margin look more respectable at 17-12 but it did not feel that close.
All hope Corvallis had for a Beavers comeback was dashed quickly as the Cardinal turned a six-point lead to a 25-point lead with a 19-0 run in retaliation for a fourth-quarter opening layup by Aleah Goodman.
Sasha Goforth dropped the Cardinal defender and nailed the three to make it a one-point game early in the third quarter.
Stanford outscored the Beavers 23-6 in the fourth quarter.
"Stanford played a great game. I loved the way that we competed, and the way we showed up ready to play after a weekend off and not a lot of practice. I can't say enough about this team and I couldn't be more proud of them. For a large part of this game we showed what we are capable of – we just weren't able to finish it." - Scott Rueck
The Next Game
The Beavers travel to Los Angeles to play USC on Friday, February 19th at 2:30 p.m. PT.