HOOPS: Beavs stun Ducks 64-57

OMARI JOHNSON DIDN'T take the bait. After forcing another Oregon turnover, Johnson slowed it down rather than try for a fast break deuce. And therein lies the reason the Beavs came away with a crossroads 64-57 victory Sunday night over in-state rival and Pac-10 leading Oregon -- the Beavs imposed their pace of play on the road. And Oregon, in the end, couldn't keep up.

And it was a crossroads game. The Beavs were 0-2 in Pac-10 play and had been bludgeoned last time out in a 51-point loss to Seattle U -- yes, a 51-point loss to Seattle U.

Oregon came in leading the Pac-10. Oregon State at the start of the year was picked to finish in the conference's upper half. It wasn't playing out as forecast, and the beat down by Seattle U had some wondering if the Beavers' season was about to implode.

But with the wire-to-wire win, Oregon State reclaimed some much needed confidence and momentum. They also snapped an 0 for 16 streak at Oregon, a losing streak that had been in place since 1993.

Daniel Deane hit two critical free throws down the stretch and Josh Tarver had a monster block as Oregon State closed out the Ducks. It was most assuredly a team win, with several Beavers making plays when it counted.

Calvin Haynes was 2-for-9 but both three-point makes killed Oregon comeback runs. Seth Tarver and Deane each poured in 15 points, with eight of Deane's total coming from the line. Lathen Wallace chipped in eight points in 18 minutes.

And Oregon State outrebounded Oregon 33-27, with many of them ensuring one and done trips down the floor by the Ducks. Deane pulled down eight boards, Omari Johnson grabbed seven.

Roeland Schaftenaar scored 11 points and pulled down another six boards.

The Beavers forced five straight Oregon turnovers to start the game, walking on out to an 8-0 lead. Oregon charged right back to cut it to 8-7. But OSU found their rhythm from then on out, pushing the lead to double digits before the half ended with OSU out in front, 31-24.

Oregon made several runs in the second half but the Beavers allowed them to get no closer than two points.


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