Things looked pretty grim for Oregon State after the Beavers lost to Coppin State last weekend and barely squeezed by the Portland Pilots a few days later. However, with the Obama family sitting behind their bench, the Beavers beat the Maryland Terrapins 90-83 on Sunday, getting huge games from seniors Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier (who scored 31 points and 29 points, respectively).
The Beavers, now 2-1 on the year, will have over a week off before they take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars. The Terrapins, now 1-2, will next play the Marist Red Foxes.
Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, the older brother of Michelle Obama, said the team received a little pregame speech from President Barack Obama:
We always have the support of the President. Before this game, during our tour, he was admonishing the guys to make sure they started playing a little bit better because his brother-in-law is coaching the team. It was a cute thing, a fun thing to hear (Associated Press, per ESPN).
Robinson improved his career record to 4-0 in games attended by his brother-in-law.