Obama attends Oregon St. win over GW

Updated: November 28, 2009, 5:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- It was a family affair for President Barack Obama at the Oregon State's 64-57 victory over George Washington on Saturday.

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 to see Seth Tarver lead the Beavers with 18 points.

The family sat courtside in the half-full Smith Center, munching on popcorn as Oregon State (2-3) handed George Washington its first loss after four victories.

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

OSU led 34-24 at halftime.

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

Obama, an avid basketball fan who likes to play the game himself as often as he can, spent the past two days out of public view, enjoying Thanksgiving at the White House with family and friends.

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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.