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Romney promises to get more aggressive with Santorum Suddenly facing new questions about the strength of his candidacy, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney indicated Wednesday he’s prepared to wage a more aggressive campaign against Rick Santorum, the surprise winner of all three of Tuesday’s Republican contests. “We think we can beat Sen. Santorum where we compete head to head in an aggressive way, and we obviously didn’t do that in Colorado or Minnesota to the extent that (Santorum’s) campaign did,� Romney told reporters in Georgia, one of the 10 states voting on Super Tuesday. “There’s no such thing as coronations in presidential politics. It’s meant to be a long process,� he added. “It’s not easy to get the nomination (and) it’s not easy to be elected president. ... And so far we’re doing pretty well.� Romney blasted Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling them both bigspending Washington insiders. Republicans in Washington have “spent too much, borrowed too much, (and) earmarked too much,� he said. “Frankly, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were a big part.� On Tuesday, Santorum won caucuses in

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that,� Marchbanks said. Tonight, Oregon State plays Washington State (10-13, 4-7 Pac-12), a rematch of a game they lost in double overtime on New Year’s Eve. “Last time against Washington State, I don’t think we executed offensively in that game, and I think the team that had the most experience closed that game at that time,� Rueck said. “They made the plays down the stretch, and that is one of the areas that we have improved.� The Cougars rank near the bottom of almost every scoring statistic, their only top spot is turnover totals. It is to note that the matchup is between the two most efficient teams in the Pac12, as OSU ranks No. 1 to WSU ranks No. 2 in turnover margin. “I’ve seen a little bit of them. They are efficient, they have improved,� Rueck said. “They



        

        

know what they are doing, they are a good defensive team, and really make tough for you to score. They don’t turn it over a whole lot, they get to the line, they are efficient, and have a couple players that can finish.� Also, the Beavers are ranked No. 2 to the Cougars No. 4 in the Pac-12 for assist-to-turnover ratio. This statistic really measures the effectiveness of the guard play. Both teams are confident when it comes to passing the ball around the perimeter until they get the right shot. “Coach calls them ‘million dollar shots’; where if I hand you the ball and if you make it you get a million dollars, where would you want to shoot from? Everyone will pick a layup,� Marchbanks said. “Coach always tells us to take million dollar shots and go to our strengths. One thing that is definitely important the second time around is to compete and take great shots.� Oregon State hasn’t seen

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Junior forward Patricia Bright and the Beavers have won four straight games. the post season since the 2000-01 campaign, where they went to the NIT. Junior guard Sage Indendi, who won a Division III national title under coach Rueck at George Fox University, knows how important it is for the team to continue to work together if they want to play in the post season.

“One of our themes is ‘I got your back your got my back,’� Indendi said. “Earlier in the season we were still feeling each other out, now at this point in the season our mind is focused on bigger things.� Jacob Shannon, sports writer Twitter: @shannon_app sports@dailybarometer.com

Thursday.� The Beavers outside shooters, namely Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson, are going to need to get out of their slumps to help the Beavers win this one. Starks and Nelson have shot a combined 6-for-31 (19.3 percent) in their last two games. “Unfortunately, I’m in a slump right now and I don’t think this is gonna last for too much longer,� sophomore guard Roberto Nelson said. “It’s more of a confidence thing for me and I’m trying not to get too down on myself and hang my head so I’m just trying to take each shot and go into each game with more confidence and just try to build from it.� The Beavers’ “One Day At A Time� mantra has become

so prevalent that shirts reading “ODAAT� are currently onsale in the campus bookstore. Despite the commitment to this edict, it is well known that the Beavers have hopes for a NIT berth if not a trip to the “Big Dance.� Closing out conference play strong is crucial if they want to make a relevant postseason tourney and the Beavers believe they can do it. “When we started the Pac12 season we thought we could beat anybody on any given night,� Robinson said. “I think now that we’ve been through the league halfway and played everyone, I think our team knows that they can beat anybody on any night. We have to use that confidence to our advantage, especially when we’re playing here.� Alex Crawford, sports writer Twitter: @dr_crawf sports@dailybarometer.com

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down the road at district and state conventions — but the news media, including CNN, used their results to make unofficial delegate count estimates. Romney ended the night with 115 delegates, compared to 38 for Gingrich, 34 for Santorum, and 20 for Paul, according to CNN’s count. To win the GOP nomination, 1,144 delegates are needed. While Tuesday was a stunningly successful night for Santorum, it was a terrible night for Romney and for Gingrich, who has been competing with Santorum for the support of conservatives. Gingrich spent little time or money in the three states, instead focusing his now-limping campaign on the Super Tuesday contests of March 6 that will be worth more than 400 delegates from 10 states. Romney, however, campaigned hard in Colorado and to a lesser degree Minnesota, and the stinging losses cost him any momentum from his two straight victories in Florida and Nevada prior to Tuesday. — CNN

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Tuesday, with Santorum winning 40 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Romney, 13 percent for Gingrich and 12 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul In Minnesota, Santorum got 45 percent of the vote to 27 percent for Paul, 17 percent for Romney and 11 percent for Gingrich, according to the secretary of state. In Missouri, Santorum had 55 percent to Romney’s 25 percent and 12 percent for Paul, according to unofficial results. Gingrich didn’t make the ballot there. Santorum’s victories in two states Romney won in his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid — Colorado and Minnesota — was a strong statement by the former senator that he remains a major challenger to Romney. A low turnout in all three races, however, signaled possible dissatisfaction among Republican voters with all of the candidates. All the 70 delegates available Tuesday came from the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, while the Missouri primary was nonbinding with no delegates at stake. The two caucus states didn’t officially award delegates Tuesday night — that will happen

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Minnesota and Colorado, as well as a nonbinding primary in Missouri. The wins — Santorum’s first since Iowa — energized his campaign and may have killed off any remaining speculation of a relatively quick end to the Republican nomination fight. “We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum� and the “enthusiasm on the ground,� Santorum said in a CNN interview Wednesday morning. His campaign raised about a quarter of a million dollars online Tuesday night, Santorum said, adding that the last two weeks have been his best for fundraising. The victories by the former senator from Pennsylvania bolstered his contention that he is the strongest conservative challenger to the more moderate Romney for the GOP nomination. “I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,� Santorum declared to cheering supporters outside St. Louis. “I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.� Colorado was the most competitive state on

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MBB: Who made back-to-back 3’s with only one shoe on earlier this year? A. Roberto Nelson B. Ahmad Starks C. Angus Brandt D. Jared Cunningham

Sports Editor’s Note: We here at the Barometer are curious how knowledgeable OSU athletes are about OSU athletics, so we decided to find out. Each week, we’ll ask two athletes from the five OSU winter sports five questions each. We’ll reveal their answers in The Daily Barometer and keep track of how many questions each team has gotten right over the course of the term. The team that produces the most correct answers will be crowned winter term champions. (Women’s soccer was our fall term champion.) Good luck, all.

Gymnastics: What is the team’s high score this year? A. 196.525 B. 196.800 C. 195.975 D. 197.000

WBB: When was the last time the program won four straight conference games (before now)? A. 1990 B. 1997 C. 2001 D. 2006

Wrestling: Senior Clayton Jack wrestles in which weight class?

A. 165 B. 184 C. 141 D. Heavyweight

Swimming: Name ONE of three swimmers who have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials...

Total Correct

Jared Cunningham

A (Nelson)

B (196.800)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

5

Roberto Nelson (MBB)

A (Nelson)

D (197.000)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

4

Leslie Mak (Gym)

A (Nelson)

B (196.800)

B (1997)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

4

Taylor Keeker

C (Brandt)

B (196.800)

B (1997)

D (HWT)

No answer

2

Earlysia Marchbanks

A (Nelson)

A (196.525)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

No answer

3

Katie Schrock (WBB)

A (Nelson)

A (196.525)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

4

Pat Rollins (Wrestling)

B (Starks)

B (196.800)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

4

Ty Vinson (Wrestling)

A (Nelson)

B (196.800)

D (2006)

D (HWT)

Shelby Webber

4

Amanda Rose (S)

A (Nelson)

A (196.525)

B (1997)

D (HWT)

Jenni Dole

3

Marisa Warman (S)

A (Nelson)

B (196.800)

B (1997)

D (HWT)

Rachel O’Brien

4

Correct Answer

A (Nelson)

B (196.800)

C (2001)

D (HWT)

(MBB)

(Gym)

(WBB)

Standings 1. Men’s basketball (19/30)

2. Swimming (18/30)

Jenni Dole, Rachel O’Brien, Shelby Webber

(after three weeks)

T3. Gymnastics (17/30)

T3. Wrestling (17/30)

T3. Women’s basketball (17/30)

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Vital Statistics (Junior forward) PPG RPG APG

Jared Cunningham

Vital Statistics (Junior guard)

PPG RPG 2011-12 Season 18.0 3.7 Career 12.2 2.8

2011-12 Season 17.2 6.8 1.8 Career 9.3 3.6 1.0

APG 2.8 1.8

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Vital Statistics (Freshman guard) PPG RPG APG 2011-12 Season Career

Devon Collier

Vital Statistics (Sophomore forward)

2011-12 Season Career

9.4 2.0 2.0 9.4 2.0 2.0

PPG RPG APG 13.1 4.6 1.9 9.6 4.5 1.2

Angus Brandt

Reggie Moore

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Vital Statistics (Junior guard) PPG RPG APG 2011-12 Season 9.1 2.5 5.5 Career 10.5 2.6 4.3

Marcus Capers

0

Vital Statistics (Senior guard) PPG RPG APG 2011-12 Season Career

4.8 4.4 1.7 4.8 3.8 1.6

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Why go? The Beavers haven’t played at home in nearly three weeks. Not to mention, there’s a good chance you’ll go home happy — the Cougars are 0-5 on the road this year in Pac-12 play.

Last time around Washington State beat OSU 81-76 in Pullman on Dec. 31. The Cougars are decent at home, but some would say that was a game (along with the ASU game) the Beavers should have won.

Ahmad Starks

Vital Statistics (Sophomore guard) PPG RPG APG 2011-12 Season 12.8 2.1 2.6 Career 10.0 1.4 2.0

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Roberto Nelson

Vital Statistics (Sophomore guard) 2011-12 Season Career

PPG RPG 9.7 3.1 8.5 2.4

APG 2.7 2.1

The ball is in the Beavers’ court to close the regular season out with a bang. Five of their final seven games are at home — where they have a 10-2 record — and they have been on somewhat of a roll lately, winning four of their last five. Regardless of these favorable conditions, Oregon State (15-8, 5-6 Pac12) still has an obstacle to overcome tonight in the form of Washington State University. The Beavers lost to the Cougars 81-76 earlier this season, but Head Coach Craig Robinson and the rest of the squad expect a different game this time around. “I would say we’re a lot different both offensively and defensively,” Robinson said. “I think that from a defensive standpoint we are playing better defense now. We, finally, are starting to understand you need to focus on defense no matter how many points you can score in a game.” Unfortunately for the Cougars (1211, 4-7), they will be without senior guard Faisal Aden, who’s second on the team in scoring. Aden tore his ACL in his left knee on Jan. 26 in the Cougars’ loss to the University of Arizona. Although Aden only had one point the last time these two teams met, he was averaging 14.5 points per game this season and had earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors just one week before injuring his knee. Even with Aden out of the Cougars’ lineup, the Beavers will have their hands full with Wazzou big man Brock Motum. In the New Years Eve game, Motum had 26 points and eight rebounds. “I feel like our frontcourt is long enough and athletic enough to guard him. We just have to do it,” Robinson said. “I didn’t think we executed it well when we played them the first time and he got off to a really fast start and was playing at home with a lot of confidence and had a great game. We can’t let him do that on See MEN’S HOOPS | page 10

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“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success,” said the great songwriter Irving Berlin. Last week, the mountain schools were a tangible showcase of just how far Oregon State (15-7, 6-5 Pac-12) has come, really announcing their recovery as program. They’re currently on a four-game win streak and playing for the upper ranks of the Pac-12. If they win just three of their final seven conference games they would double their win total from last season. However, the balance between being overconfident and proud is fine line. “Just keep focusing, we are nowhere

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near perfect. We are becoming more comfortable, we are understanding each other and playing a lot cleaner,” said coach Scott Rueck. “There are still gaps in our game that we need to close, so there is not time to feel good or complacent, just keep pressing on and looking forward to the next challenge.” “It takes a lot of belief to win four games in a row, it’s a lot of hard work in the gym, believing, and coming out every night and executing,” said senior guard Earlysia Marchbanks. The Beavers are 1-4 as conference visitors this season, and don’t expect improving on that record to be easy. “Every road game is tough, no question. This week we have to change our mind set a little bit, remember what it takes to win on the road, how tough you have to be you can’t take anything

for granted,” Rueck said. One thing to make the future look more familiar is that the remainder of the Pac-12 schedule is a second chance at the same opponents faced earlier in conference play. Which team has improved more since their last matchup, and can stay mentally composed down the stretch of the season will be the true test for Oregon State as a program. “We have improved, and I know our opponents have improved. I think everybody gets better as the season goes on,” Rueck said. “That’s the chess match, we are all evolving as teams, we have to figure out where their strengths are now and count them.” “Now there’s nothing new. Everybody has played 10 games, and we know what to expect, and we know the other team’s threats, players, or HANNAH GUSTIN | THE DAILY BAROMETER weapons. We know how to beat them now since we have learned how to do Guard Mollee Schwegler drives to the hoop in Oregon State’s 13-point win See WOMEN’S HOOPS | page 10

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