Ducks Pull Away for 71-59 Win over Beavers

The Oregon Ducks started conference play with a 71-59 win over a determined Oregon State at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday. Joe Young had 27 points and Jordan Bell had five blocked shots for Oregon.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1) blocks Oregon State Beavers forward Daniel Gomis (14) from shooting the ball in the first half at Matthew Knight Arena. Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon now 1-0 in conference and 11-3 over all led from the start but Oregon State (9-4, 0-1) stubbornly kept the game close up until the last two minute. The Beavers missed four consecutive free throws that could have cut Oregon's lead to eight with a little over two minutes left to go, but it wasn't meant to be.

Oregon shot 48.9 percent in field goal shooting on 23-of-47 shooting including 6-of-13 three-point shooting. The Ducks were also 19-of-24 in free throw shooting. Meanwhile Oregon State was 35.2 percent shooting on 19-of-54 including a dismal 4-of-15 in 3-pointers. The Beavers fared better at the free throw line going 17-of-23.

Three Ducks finished in double-figure scoring led by Joseph Young with 27, with Elgin Cook adding 18 and Dillon Brooks contributing 10.

Oregon had a 35-29 edge in rebounding with both Cook and Jordan Bell hauling down nine boards each. Bell also had five blocked shots and was instrumental early on in Oregon taking a double-digit lead with his defensive play.

Langston Morris-Walker was the high man for the Beavers with 16. Gary Payton II had 12 and Daniel Gomis finished with 10.

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