The past few days were an emotional drain for Oregon State.

The campus was hit hard by the passing of football player Fred Thompson and that included members of the OSU men's basketball team.

Nevertheless, the Beavers had Idaho in Gill Coliseum on Friday night.

The Beavers were the first to play since the incident and it was obvious that it was tough from the start.

The Beavers came out flat, struggled with their shooting and could not put together a run long enough to make an impact in a 74-60 loss to the Vandals before 5,119 fans.

Coach Craig Robinson didn't want to put the loss on the tragedy.

"They played a great game," he said. "What we're good at is what we didn't do today. We usually get the hustle plays, we usually get the big rebounds, we usually convert the turnovers. We just didn't do that today. So it was a global meltdown. It was the whole lot of us and me included."

Yet it was obvious that the Beavers felt the effects.

Jared Cunningham, in particular, had a rough game. He missed all nine shots from the field and never got his typical all-around game going in the right direction.

The Beavers followed suit.

"It took a lot out of us," OSU guard Roberto Nelson said. "You could see it on guys' faces and how we were playing out there. But we can't really use that as an excuse.

"We've got to go out there and try to play our best and win one for him and win the rest for him and we've got to dedicate the season to him."

Cunningham and Thompson were both from Oakland and knew each other well.

"That's one of his really close friends," Nelson said. "It's definitely hard for him. I can't imagine having a friend like that go down. We all kind of knew him because we all had training table together.

"Jared took it the hardest and I give him a lot of props for going out there and holding his head (up) and not showing people and just trying to go out there and just play hard. Jared was out there competing. He didn't have the best game stat-wise, maybe, but we needed him out there."

OSU (6-2) shot 33.3 percent from the field (20 of 60) and hit 3 of 23 3-pointers .

"We just shot real bad this game," OSU forward Joe Burton said. "We weren't focused."

The Vandals (5-4) had a field day from the arc, dropping in 10 of 18 and shooting 50 percent from the field.

Deremy Geiger did the most damage, making 7 of 9 3s and finishing with 27 points.

"They made some big plays at key times. I can't take any credit away from them," Nelson said, "They hit big shots at big times. When we were going out there and making a run they hit a 3, so it was kind of hard to bounce back from the deficit we put ourselves in. "

The Beavers trailed 35-24 at the half.

Nelson and Burton tried to make it a game in the second half. Nelson finished with 16 points and hit two of OSU's 3s.

Burton stayed steady throughout the game, He played with energy, going to the floor after loose balls, attacking the basket and trying to get teammates involved with his passing.

He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

"It was most of us who didn't have the best of a game, so we can put that in perspective and take it into practice (today) and try to work through it and be ready for Tuesday," Nelson said.

"I can't wait for practice (today). We've got to put this game behind us."

Idaho 74, Oregon St. 60

IDAHO (5-4): Bandoumel 3-5 0-0 6, Barone 4-6 0-0 8, Tatum 3-6 7-10 13, Madison 2-11 4-7 9, Geiger 8-10 4-4 27, Habeeb 0-1 1-2 1, Hill 3-5 0-0 8, Borton 0-2 0-0 0, Kammerer 1-2 0-0 2, Faines 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 16-23 74.

OREGON STATE (6-2): Burton 6-13 3-6 15, Collier 2-3 3-6 7, Brandt 1-3 2-2 4, Cunningham 0-9 7-10 7, Starks 4-14 0-0 9, McShane 0-1 0-0 0, Barton 0-1 0-0 0, Moreland 1-1 0-0 2, Nelson 6-15 2-4 16. Totals 20-60 17-28 60.

Halftime - Idaho 35-24. 3-Point Goals - Idaho 10-18 (Geiger 7-9, Hill 2-3, Madison 1-4, Tatum 0-1, Borton 0-1), Oregon St. 3-23 (Nelson 2-8, Starks 1-8, Barton 0-1, Cunningham 0-6). Fouled Out - Borton. Rebounds - Idaho 42 (Madison 12), Oregon St. 36 (Burton 8). Assists - Idaho 18 (Tatum 6), Oregon St. 14 (Nelson 4). Total Fouls - Idaho 23, Oregon St. 22. A - 5,119.

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