In wild Civil War, Beavs come up short 65-62

OREGON STATE and Oregon went toe to toe for 36 minutes on the hardcourt, like two heavyweights trading haymakers in the center of the ring. Alas for Beaver fans, the final four minutes went the Ducks' way in a wild, 65-62 loss in the regular season hoops finale.

Oregon State (17-13, 8-10) held Joseph Young, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, to 4-of-13 from the floor. And the Beavs won the defensive battle, holding Oregon to 36.4 percent shooting, including a 6-22 night from 3-point range.

But they couldn't overcome their own offensive miscues down the stretch, with two key turnovers that helped seal it. It also helped that Oregon was 19-for-24 at the free-throw line, while OSU made only 11 trips, connecting on eight.

Malcolm Duvivier had 18 points, and Jarmal Reid added 16 for Oregon State (17-13, 8-10), which closed the regular season withsix losses in its last seven games.

Gary Payton II just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists as well as six steals, while Olaf Schaftenaar looked like he was over the flue in chipping in 11 points for the Beavers.

OSU shot 42.9 percent from the field.

Oregon State pulled even at 52-52 with 4:38 to play, but the Ducks scored five straight for a 57-52 advantage with 3:26 left with one bucket the result of a Beaver turnover. The Beavers pulled within 59-58 on a Payton steal and Duvivier layup with 33 seconds to go, but after two Duck free throws, the Beavs turned the ball over again setting up four more free throws sandwiched around a Schaftenaar 3-pointer.

Oregon jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Oregon State scored 28 of the ensuing 39 points to take a 28-19 lead with 5:05 remaining in the first half. Oregon closed the half with a 13-4 run to pull even at 32-32 heading into intermission.

Wayne Tinkle started five walk-ons, all from the Beaver state, in the final home game of the season. The Beavers have no seniors on the squad and it was also a nod to the contributions of the walk ons this season to a squad desperately low on scholie players. The starting lineup consisted of started 6-10 junior Justin Stangel, 6-foot guard A.J. Hedgecock and three freshmen: 6-6 forward Matt Dahlen, 6-4 guard Tanner Sanders and 6-3 guard Dylan Livesay.

The result was a 3-0 deficit and two turnovers before Tinkle sent in the regulars. But it didn't have an effect on the game, despite the winning margin. Why? There were six second-half lead changes.

The Beavers open the Pac-12 Tournament next Wednesday though their opponent and seeding has yet to be determined.

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