HOOPS: Beavs take control, win Civil War

AFTER OREGON SCORED the game's first bucket, it was as if Oregon State said, 'Well, that will be enough of that.' The Beavers never trailed again in the game, using their defense and some timely shooting to cruise to an 80-72 win over a Duck team that began the season 13-0.

Roberto Nelson scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half and anchored a stellar defensive effort that carried the Beavers to an 80-72 Pac-12 victory over Oregon on Sunday night.

Eric Moreland added a double-double, with 15 points 13 rebounds for Oregon State (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12) -- 11 of Moreland's points came from the free throw line.

The Beavers beat their in-state rivals at Gill Coliseum for the first time since 2010 and sent the suddenly reeling Ducks to their fourth consecutive loss.

Oregon trailed 37-30 at halftime and never got closer than five in the second half.

"We're still in the process of getting to be a good team," Beavers coach Craig Robinson told the Associated Press after the game. "To watch us put it all together, albeit with some quirks here and there, it was really a fun game to watch from a coaching standpoint."

Robinson said his team drew inspiration from last week's 88-83 loss at home to California in a game the Beavers led 45-35 at halftime.

"I was able to point to that at halftime of this game," Robinson said. "You can't blow these opportunities. We'd been talking about that all way, that you don't get these opportunities very often.

"But you know what the centerpiece of the halftime talk was? Sticking to the game plan. I mean, if I've said that once this week, I've said it 40 times."

Defense was a key throughout for the Beavers, who did a particularly nice job of keeping Oregon's Mike Moser and Joseph Young from gaining momentum. Young, who came into the game averaging a team-high 18.8 points, matched his season low with five points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field. Moser, who entered averaging 14.6, finished with eight points on 3-of-15 shooting.

For the game, the Ducks made just 25 of 66 shots, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

Oregon State twice led by as many as 16 points in the first half, the second time at 30-14 after Nelson made two free throws.

The Ducks rallied briefly, as they outscored the Beavers 16-7 over the closing 7:49 of the half to pull within 37-30 at the break. But after Devon Collier converted a three-point play to push the Beavers lead to 63-50 midway through the second half, it was too much to overcome. Oregon went on another 16-8 run that made it 71-66 with 2:09 to play, but that was as close as the Ducks could get.

Oregon State made 7 of 10 free throws in the final 52 seconds — three each for Nelson and Moreland — to seal the victory.

Angus Brandt finished with 14 points and Hallice Cooke added 10 points and five assists for the Beavers.

Oregon State made 23 of 51 shots, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. OSU also had a 42-34 edge in rebounds and had eight blocked shots to Oregon's two.

"It shows that we're making progress," Brandt said. "We're learning from our mistakes. We're a team that is trying our hardest to be the best we can be. I think if you make comparisons from this year to last year, or this week to last week, you can really see it."

The Ducks opened the season with 13 consecutive wins and climbed as high as No. 10 in The Associated Press poll before consecutive losses to Colorado, California and Stanford dropped them from the poll.

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