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Oregon State's Joe Burton, left, reaches for a rebound in front of Washington's Shawn Kemp, Jr. in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 16 in Seattle.

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Farewell, Big Joe: In his final, emotional year, OSU center is expected to top 1,000 points

CORVALLIS — Joe Burton’s sobs betrayed his menacing 295-pound frame and bright red Mohawk haircut. Big Joe, as he is known, is winding down his basketball career at Oregon State. Last Saturday, he played his final home game at Gill Coliseum. On Thursday night, he played in his last Civil War rivalry game against Oregon. “Just the guys,” the 6-foot-7 senior center said haltingly through tears when asked to describe his emotions. “I am going to miss the team and playing basketball with these guys.”

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