What it means: Oregon State picked up an impressive victory, but may have lost a key player in the process.
The Beavers won the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, defeating Purdue 66-58 on Friday. But starting center Angus Brandt went down with what looked like a serious leg injury with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
Oregon State is now 3-1 on the season. Purdue, which also lost to Villanova here in overtime on Thursday, and lost its season opener at home to Bucknell, is off to a brutal 1-3 start.
The skinny: Simply put, this game changed when Devon Collier entered it. The 6-foot-8 junior forward, a Bronx, N.Y., native, scored 13 straight points for Oregon State in one stretch of the first half, when the Beavers took control of the game. He had 17 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Purdue trailed 39-28 at intermission.
After Oregon State scored the first four points of the second half to make it 43-28, Purdue coach Matt Painter pulled all five starters off the floor. The gamble worked. Sparked by the bench, the Boilermakers climbed all the way back to tie the game at 56 with 2:17 left to play. But they never took the lead. Collier put Oregon State back in front with a pair of free throws, and then a huge 3-pointer by Eric Moreland with 58.3 seconds left gave the Beavers a 61-56 lead. They put the game away from there.
Star watch: Collier may have earned his way into Oregon State’s starting lineup here in New York. After scoring 21 points against Alabama on Thursday, Collier finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds against Purdue -- that’s a monster game. He’s crafty in the paint, and attacks the glass hard.
It will be a long flight home to West Lafayette, Ind., but Painter has to be excited by what he saw from freshman center A.J. Hammons on Friday. The 7-footer had a team-high 20 points (16 in second half) and eight rebounds off the bench, and showed some nice moves around the rim. He made eight of his 10 field goal attempts.
Number crunch: Here’s guessing Purdue will be shooting a lot of free throws in practice the next few days. After making just 16 of 28 in the loss to Villanova, the Boilermakers made just nine of 16 against Oregon State. Precious points left at the charity stripe.
What’s next: Oregon State does not play another game until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when the Beavers will host Montana State.
Purdue will host UNC Wilmington on the night before Thanksgiving.