Ill.-Chicago 63, Oregon St. 61

Six-footer Robo Kreps scored on a drive to the basket over

6-foot-11 center Roeland Schaftenaar with 5.6 seconds to play

Wednesday night, rallying Illinois-Chicago to a 63-61 upset over

Oregon State.

Kreps finished with 19 points and Zavion Neely added 13 for UIC

(2-6), which had lost its previous six games by an average of 14.2

points and had previously beaten only Division II

Illinois-Springfield.

Schaftenaar’s layup gave Oregon State a 61-58 lead with 50.9

seconds left. After Brad Birton’s basket pulled the Flames within a

point, the Beavers (4-5) threw away the inbounds pass with 21.8

seconds to go.

Kreps then spotted an opening on the right side, drove in

against Schaftenaar and scored for a 62-61 lead. Josh Tarver’s

inbounds pass was intercepted by Neely, who made one of two free

throws. Birton picked off Tarver’s next inbounds pass to seal the

victory.

It was the third humiliating loss this season for Oregon State

(4-5), which opened the season with a 24-point loss to Texas

A&M-Corpus Christi and later dropped a home game to Sacramento

State.

The loss ruined the return to Chicago for Oregon State coach

Craig Robinson, President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law. Two years

ago, when he was coaching at Brown, Robinson led his team to a

victory over Northwestern in suburban Evanston.

Robinson got to know Obama during pickup basketball games in

Chicago some two decades ago, years before Obama married Robinson’s

sister, Michelle.

Seth Tarver scored seven of his 17 points during an 18-2 run

that gave the Beavers an 18-8 lead, but they scored only two more

baskets the rest of the half, and Illinois-Chicago went ahead 25-23

on Kreps’ 17-foot jumper.

Jeremy Buttell scored five points and Neely four as the Flames

opened a 40-35 lead with 13 minutes to play, but Calvin Haynes made

a pair of 3-pointers to help the Beavers tie it at 45-45.

Daniel Deane’s rebound basket capped an 8-0 surge that gave

Oregon State a 57-50 lead with 3 minutes to play. UIC answered with

an 8-2 run, with Kreps scoring six points, to cut the deficit to

59-58.