Sunday, December 7, 2008

Live Blog: Portland State at Oregon State- First Half 17-4 Beavers

Here at a mostly empty Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, the action has been pretty even in the first couple minutes.

A quick eye test reveals that Portland State is outsized by taller, lengthier Beavers club. And while that size advantage has helped Oregon State some in the early going, the Vikings are crashing the boards with intensity and have kept the score close. This will be something to watch as the game wears on this afternoon.

One observation from beat writer Doug Cornett is that the Vikings appear to be a bit unsettled and scared of this athletic Oregon State squad. Already Portland State has misfired on a couple passes, taken low-percentage shots and failed to find any semblance of rhythm when running the offense.

With almost 10 minutes left in the first half, Portland State has scored just two buckets and appear to be at the mercy of the Beavers' active, ball-hawking defense.

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