In front of a sold out Matthew Knight Arena crowd, the Ducks looked to avoid the season sweep against the Oregon State Beavers. With the rocking crowd it took the Ducks close to two minutes to finally get on the board. With the offense picking up after that point, the Ducks held a 6-5 lead at the first timeout of the game.
Out of the break, Dillon Brooks had a huge slam to bring the lead up to three. With the Oregon pressure creating turnovers leading to fast break points, the lead was extended to 16-11 at the under-12 minute timeout.
The Ducks scored a quick five points out of the break to push the lead up to nine. After a huge Tyler Dorsey and-one play, the lead was extended to over ten points as Gary Payton II was on the bench for the Beavers with two fouls. At the under eight minute timeout, Oregon held a 26-16 lead.
One of the crazier plays of the Oregon season occurred after the timeout as an Elgin Cook dunk jumped off the rim, back up into the air and seconds later finally fell into the basket. After another and-one by Dorsey the lead was extended to 16. With the Ducks in the midst of a 10-0 run the lead was extended all the way up to 20. At the final timeout of the first half, Oregon still led by 20 with the score at 40-20;
With the offense leading the way, the Ducks held a 51-28 lead a halftime.The 51 points at half were to most score by Oregon so far in a first half this season. Oregon was led by the 15 points from Dorsey and the 11 points from Brooks. Chris Boucher also contributed his six points and eight rebounds.
The Ducks went into half shooting 51.5% while the Beavers shot just 37%. Turnovers was also a major key as the Ducks only contributed two turnovers while the Beavers turned it over seven times. Of note was the fact that with Jordan Bell's first half block, Oregon broke the school record for team blocks in a season, which was just set last year.
With Payton II back in the lineup the Beavers started the second half with a slight bit of momentum. The Oregon rebounding helped solve that problem, as Dorsey finished yet again at the rim off of a rebound put back. At the first timeout of the second half, the Ducks were up 60-39.
The transition game kept being a major key for the Ducks as Casey Benson pushed his assist total up to four thanks to transition buckets. After a Dorsey three pushed his total for the game up to 23, the Ducks led 67-45 at the under 12 minute timeout.
Out of the timeout, Dwayne Benjamin nailed a buzzer beating three to extend the lead all the way to 24. With Dorsey leading the offense during the next few minutes the Oregon lead stood at 77-55 at the under-eight minute timeout.
The Beavers tried to make one more push, but it was too late as the Ducks pulled out the 91-81 victory. The ten-point victory doesn’t do much justice as the game was really never that close. With the win, the Ducks move to 21-6 overall and 10-4 in Pac-12 play. Tyler Dorsey was the star of the night for Oregon with his 25 points and five rebounds. Next up for Oregon is a matchup Wednesday at home against the Washington State Cougars.
Tyler Dorsey. What a game from the Freshman. Dorsey had a fantastic shooting night going 9-16 on field goals and then 3-7 from three. The 25 points tied Dorsey’s career high that he set earlier this season against Western Oregon. Big for the Ducks to have Dorsey break his brief slump.
Rebounding. A much better effort on the boards this time around in the Civil War as the Ducks outrebounded Oregon State 33-28. Chris Boucher was key with his nine rebounds but Bell, Dorsey and even Benson played huge roles with their five rebounds apiece.
Oregon top performers:
Tyler Dorsey. 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.
Dillon Brooks. 17 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds.
Chris Boucher. 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks.