Beavers struggle in 23-point loss to Stanford


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Casey Smith, Sports Contributor

The Beavers got out to a 14-7 lead in the opening minutes of Thursday’s contest, led by freshman forward Tyler Bilodeau and Cameroon native Rodrigue Andela. However, offensive struggles would keep the Beavers out of the game down the stretch. 

The final score of the game was 83-60, moving the Beavers overall record to 10–20. 

After a back and forth first half, the Stanford Cardinals found themselves ahead by six points off of an impressive team shooting performance. Finishing the first half 7-10 from beyond the arc, the Stanford Cardinals were led by forward Spencer Jones, who would mount a noteworthy stat line finishing with 25 points and three assists on 10-16 shooting, five for nine from three point distance. 

Stanford’s hot start shooting the ball from beyond the arc would prove difficult for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Beaver defense. Despite switching up their defensive looks, the Beavers allowed the Cardinals to shoot lights out from the field, finishing the game 12-21 as a team from three-point range. 

Glenn Taylor Jr had a limited role in Thursday’s matchup against the Cardinals, when asked Coach Tinkle stated, “We were trying to go with a defensive group, just trying to find a group of guys to try to go out there and defend. That’s the frustrating thing, defense was the real focus in this game and we didn’t really defend like we needed to.”

Dominating throughout the second half, the Stanford Cardinals worked their bench players into the rotation with a substantial lead. With more than eight minutes remaining, Tinkle did the same.

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