Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier dominated the game tonight in Oregon State‘s 90-83 win over the Maryland Terrapins in front of head coach Craig Robinson’s, brother-in-law President Barack Obama as well as the rest of the First Family. Nelson and Collier’s inside and outside relationship made the Terps’ defensive task a real issue and this duo is going to do more and more of this as the season progresses.
Nelson continued his red hot start to the season going off for 31 points and seven assists for the Beavers. He is now averaging 30.3 points per game to start the season and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Nelson used his crafty ball handling to get most of his points around the rim. He shot 14 foul shots and finished numerous other tough drives on Maryland defenders. Maryland tried multiple people on Nelson, but he took advantage of Maryland’s weak help defense and piled in 31 points.
Collier had 29 points and 11 rebounds and totally dismantled the Terps’ frontcourt. He scored off a few high-lows involved in the Beavers’ offense, tip-ins and just simple post-up moves all night and left with Maryland scratching their head to how Collier owned the paint. He completely dominated the second half scoring 18 and securing the win for Robinson’s squad.
This is not the last we are going to hear about this Beaver duo. They complimented each other perfectly and looked extremely confident playing off one another. Nelson is the leader of this team, but Collier proved tonight on a national stage that it won’t just be Nelson leading the charge. Even though the rest of the Beavers’ team is not full of big-time players (no one else scored in double figures tonight) these two players will give them a chance to win every single night. They both proved tonight that they can their points in a variety of ways, which means they will continue to be productive even when they have off nights.
These two guys may not lead Oregon State to the promise land this season, but it does not mean they do not have potential to be one of the best duos in the nation. Tonight they proved that they are as good as it gets and will carry this Oregon State team.