2011 Chicago State vs Oregon State
Coach Craig Robinson comes back home and tames the Cougars 92-66.
Chicago native and Whitney Young graduate, Ahmad Starks exploded in the first-half knocking down three-straight from downtown. In fact, at one point, he had more points than the Cougars (8-7). Starks finished with 13. The Beavers (10-2) were led by Devon Collier who drained 19. The Pac-12 team at one point had as much as a 26 point lead (52-26) which included five players in double digits.
“That’s been our M.O. all season,” said coach Robinson. “We usually have scorers like this.”
This is the Beavers third game in a row with over 20 assist and they shot 51.6% from the field and snagged 48-boards of which 37 were defensive.
As for Starks coming home, coach Robinson share with us that it was “tough to gauge (before the game) for a player to come home but Starks played as good as we could have expected.”
NOTE: All of Starks points came in the first half.
As for the Cougars (0-12), it was a tough contest for shooting (29.7%) from the field. They were able to demonstrate short burst of success on the court, but they were not able to trade basket with this PAC-12 team. Lee Fisher led the team with 17.
“We have to get our identity on the court together,” coach Tracy Dildy. “We have the talent – we must get some toughness.”
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The Beavers play their first conference game December 29 against Washington at 6:00pm. The Cougars travel to Cincinnati December 23 at 6:00pm.
And finally coach Robinson admitted “coming back to Chicago is distracting, especially wanting to see everyone, but we were able to take care of business and we are going to try and keep the momentum going into conference play.”
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