In his preview of tonight's game between Oregon State and Seattle University at KeyArena, Connor from SBN's Oregon State blog Building the Dam suggests that the Beavers showed the makings of something new in their last game against UT-Arlington.
Game 2 Open Thread: Seattle University - Building The Dam
The Beavers have started the same five guys in both of their games this season, and I would expect more of that tonight. Expect Cunningham, Haynes, and Wallace to get the start in the backcourt, along with Lathen Wallace and Omari Johnson down low.
The Beavers also showed off something that Beaver Nation hasn't seen in a while: a transition game.
"It is new and it is different," coach Craig Robinson said after the win. "I'm very happy with how we handled all but the first five or six minutes of the game. It's good that we can go through that and come out with a good win."
Building the Dam provides a little more insight in their recap from that UT-Arlington game.
Game 1 Recap - Oregon State 71, UT-Arlington 56 - Building The Dam
UT-Arlington did lead the Beavers again at 33-30, but the Beavers closed out the 1st Half with a 7-2 run. Perhaps the key stat of the game though was points off turnovers, where the Beavers led 30-14.
Coming into the 2nd Half, the outcome was still very much in doubt. That would all change though when the Beavers opened the 2nd Half with a 6-0 run to go up by eight. UT-Arlington cut the lead to four many times early on in the final half, but the Beavers went on a 10-3 run to take a 57-46 lead. There was no question about the outcome at that point, and the Beavers went on to win 71-56.
Obviously, Seattle U has shown that they like to run but - as they've learned from Maryland and San Francisco - if their opponents have the athletes and size to do it better, they could be in for a long evening.