Before a near capacity crowd at Matt Knight Arena, the Ducks took another emphatic step up the proverbial ladder of the Pac-10 conference standings, demolishing rival Oregon State 82-63 behind Jay-R Strowbridge's career high 26 point scoring effort. Assisting on 19 of 25 made baskets, the Ducks peppered the Beavers from distance in particular, shooting 13-of-26 from three-point land. Strowbridge, who celebrated his 23rd birthday this afternoon, was 6-of-9 himself from long range as he appeared to be in an unshakable zone from the opening tip.
"My teammates made plays for me," said Strowbridge. "They found me open whether it was in the corner or transition."
"I hit one and it just started getting going and I kept shooting."
The Beavers, who shot a woeful 4-of-21 from beyond the arc, were never able to summon an answer for Strowbridge and the rest of the Ducks defensively, as Oregon executed outstanding ball movement in the half-court against Oregon State's stingy 1-3-1 zone.
"Let's say we played defense better than we did today," said Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson. "If they shot 50% today, they would have shot 40%. We would have have been able to stop a couple of those (threes) but I don't want to take anything away from those guys."
"We couldn't make shots and they did and particularly Strowbridge. He's just terrific."
Lathen Wallace led the Beavers with 17 points in the loss.
Strowbridge, however, wasn't the only one who came through with a career performance against the Beavers on Saturday afternoon. Oregon guard Malcolm Armstead's 13 assists coming off the bench tied the top single-game effort of any Pac-10 player this season, helping propel the Ducks to a season sweep of the Civil War.
"It started with Malcolm," remarked Oregon head coach Dana Altman of his team's sizzling offensive performance.
"He just made play after play. He got in the middle of the zone and got guys open...it was just a real good performance making simple plays and making a lot of good plays for (other) guys."
The win elevates the Ducks to 14-12 overall and 7-7 in conference, placing Oregon no worse than tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings after the conclusion of this weekend's games. With the final two homes games of the season looming ahead with Cal and Stanford heading to town, the Ducks have their gaze fixated on postseason play.
"This win puts us in a great position," admitted Oregon forward E.J. Singler.
"We have momentum going in to the end of the season...we're looking to get into the NCAA or the NIT tournament and we have our sights set on doing well in the postseason."
Strowbridge reached double figures in scoring for the 10th time this season (sixth time in the last eight games)...Strowbridge's 10 made field goals and six made 3-pointers are the top single-game totals for a UO player this season...Joevan Catron reached double figures in scoring for the 19th time this year (in 24 games)...E.J. Singler scored in double figures for the 18th time this season. He led the team in rebounding marking the 11th time this year (17th time in his career)...The Ducks, who forced 19 OSU turnovers, held a 24-13 edge in points off turnovers.
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Strowbridge Propels Oregon To Civil War Win
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