A Civil War blowout: Beavs sweep Ducks!

THE DUCKS MUST have been wondering early what was going on. Oregon State was pushing the ball on offense, hard -- not their usual modus operandi. Combined with a tenacious zone defense, long distance three-balls by Omari Johnson and electrifying play by freshman Jared Cunningham, OSU jumped out to a halftime lead. It would only get bigger in the second half.

Oregon State led by as many as 25 on Saturday, coasting to a surprisingly easy 62-42 victory over the Ducks and lodging their first hardcourt sweep of the Ducks in 17 years.

The first half story on offense was the inside-outside game. Namely, Omari Johnson drilled four treys in the first half while Jared Cunningham got the bulk of his points driving the lane.

Johnson finished with 18 points to lead all scorers, while Cunningham had 11 points, four assists, three steals and a block.

But the Beavs' defense, mostly a 1-3-1 zone, was lethal.

Oregon came in averaging 73.7 ppg but the Beavers held the Ducks to their lowest output of the season -- and the only game this season they've finished in the 40's.

The Ducks were held to just 29.8 percent from the floor, and an anemic 2-17 from three point land.

Most telling, perhaps, was that the Ducks managed only five assists on the afternoon.

The Beavers had 20.

Calvin Haynes poured in 11 points and while Roeland Schaftenaar didn't have a monster night in the box score (nine points) but his passing was letter perfect -- never more so on the over the shoulder assist to Seth Tarver (9 points, 5 rebounds) that put the Beavers up 57-34.

Oregon State took a seven point lead into the break and then outscored Oregon 30-17 in the second half. Oregon State now leads the all-time series 183-150.

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