WASHINGTON (AP) -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.
``Students, this is why you come to GW,' Hobbs said.
Lasan Kromah scored 21 points to lead George Washington.
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