Beaver defense allows 46 second half points from the Aggies, losing another game


Hailey Knapp

Glenn Taylor Jr. (left), wraps his arm around Dexter Akanno during the opening basketball game of the season on Nov. 8. Taylor and Akanno combined for only nine points against the Aggies in College Station.

Ben Pahl, Sports Contributor

The Oregon State men’s basketball team suffered a 72-54 defeat at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday afternoon in College Station, Texas.  

The first 20 minutes of the contest were competitive. After falling behind 18-12 with 10 minutes gone, the Beavers fired back with an 18-8 run, putting them up by four at halftime.  

However, things went downhill coming out of the locker room. Despite defending well in the first twenty minutes, Oregon State allowed a 24-8 Aggie run at the start of the second half, putting the Beavers in a 12-point hole with 12:24 left to play.  

After building their lead up to 18 over the next few minutes, the Aggies never allowed the Beavers back into the game. Oregon State’s defense uncharacteristically gave up 46 points in the second half, while their offense was held to just 24 points.  

Texas A&M’s Dexter Dennis led all scorers with 16 points and shot 4-7 from beyond the arc. The Aggies had four players score in double-figures on Sunday.  

Freshman guard Jordan Pope had an impressive game for the Beavers, leading the team with 15 points and five assists. Senior forward Dzmitry Ryuny was the only other player to score in double-figures for Oregon State, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds.  

With the loss, the Beavers fall to 4-6 overall on the season and have now dropped two straight. Coming up, the Beavers will have a three-game non-conference homestand, starting with Seattle University on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Gill Coliseum.  




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