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Obama looks on in Oregon State victory

WASHINGTON — Oregon State gave the first fan something to cheer about.

Seth Tarver scored 18 points and the Beavers beat George Washington 64-57 on Saturday, with President Barack Obama and his family watching from courtside in the half-full Smith Center.

Brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the Oregon State coach, and the president brought along first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson.

The coach said he enjoyed having his family at the game.

"He's a huge basketball fan," Robinson said of the president. "He pays close attention and he's always followed us."

Oregon State (2-3) led 14-0 before George Washington realized the game had started, but the Colonials (4-1) managed to narrow the deficit to 10 with a run late in the first half.

The first Pac-10 team to play in the Smith Center kept up its fast-paced offense, though, and the Beavers held on in the second half.

Obama received a basketball signed by George Washington players and coaches, along with a jersey and shorts. Coach Karl Hobbs thanked Obama and his family for attending the game.

Naturally, the Obamas were intensely interested in the outcome. Obama and Mrs. Robinson clapped when OSU scored. Mrs. Obama smiled and clapped, too.

"Students, this is why you come to GW," Hobbs said.

Lasan Kromah scored 21 points to lead George Washington.

Oregon 89, Montana State 66

At Eugene, Teondre Williams led six Oregon players in double figures with 19 points and the Ducks defeated Montana State.

LeKendric Longmire and Michael Dunigan scored 15 each for Oregon (4-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak and is now halfway to its total number of wins for all of last season. Jamil Wilson added a career-high 12 points, Jeremy Jacob also had career-highs with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman E.J. Singler, a former South Medford standout, scored eight points and had seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Singler, who also had two blocks and three assists, was 6 of 6 from the foul line.