Obama watches OSU beat Towson 66-46

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President Barack Obama waves as he attends a college basketball game between George Washington University and Oregon State with his family in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is head coach of Oregon State. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 26 at 7:43 PM

TOWSON, Md. -- President Barack Obama watched brother-in-law Craig Robinson guide Oregon State to a 66-46 victory over Towson on Saturday.

The crowd inside Towson's arena erupted in cheers as Obama and first lady Michelle Obama entered and shook fans' hands as they made their way to a pair of courtside seats.

Daughters Malia and Sasha sat in the first row of the bleachers. Also attending were Obama's mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former professional basketball player and friend of Obama's from Chicago.

Devon Collier scored 13 points for Oregon State (5-1), which bounced back from its first loss of the season Monday night against Vanderbilt. Jared Cunningham, Joe Burton and Roberto Nelson had 12 points apiece.

Towson dropped its first home opener for the first time since 2005, falling to 0-5 under first-year coach Pat Skerry. Marcus Damas had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

Oregon State grabbed control late in the first half, closing with a 12-2 run to take a 32-20 lead into the break. A layup by Collier increased the lead to 51-34 with 12 minutes remaining.

Catching an Oregon State game has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition for the Obamas.

Last year, Robinson and the Beavers came to Washington and defeated Howard. The year before that, Oregon State traveled east and scored a win against George Washington.

At halftime, Obama was surrounded by the entire Towson football team, which was honored for winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title. The team dispersed after coach Rob Ambrose jokingly threatened an impromptu practice.

Actor Bill Murray, whose son, Luke, is an assistant coach at Towson, also attended the game and spent several minutes talking with the Obamas. He sat in the third row of the bleachers and posed for pictures with several fans.

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