(PHOTO) Oregon State University Beavers forward Drew Eubanks (12) gets an elbow to the face as University of Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) drives to the basket during the first half at Matthew Knight Arena. Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Dorsey hit shots from outside going 9-of-16 including 3-of-7 in 3-pointers and was 4-6 in free throw shooting.
Coach Dana Altman thought that Dorsey's teammates did an excellent job of finding the oft open Dorsey, plus some of the Beaver zone gave Dorsey some opportunities to score.
“I think Tyler needed that game," said Altman of Dorsey's night. "We kept telling him to just play. In the preseason he was always in attack mode, and he kind of went back to a cooler mode but today he was fired up. One hour before practice he had started shooting and stuff, so we knew that he was ready to play this game and I think he just came in in attack mode and made plays for others, and I think when he plays like that it really helps the team.”
While the Beavers managed to cut the Oregon lead to 10 at the end of the game, it was really all Oregon from the 16:06 mark of the first half when the Ducks took a 6-5 lead and extended the margin to 51-28 when the first half ended. Oregon largest lead was 25 points at 75-50 with 8:38 left in the game.
Dillon Brooks contributed 17 points including a perfect 10-for-10 in free throw shooting. Elgin Cook added 16 and Chris Boucher had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Jordan Bell also had three blocked shots.
“It was a great team win,” said Dorsey of the game.” We knew we had to come out without a lot of energy.”
Tres Tinkle led the way for Oregon State with 23 points while Stephen Thompson, Jr. added 12 and Gary Payton II had 11
Oregon shot 46 percent on 27-of-59 shooting including 8-of-22 in 3-point shots and was 29-of-33 from the free throw line. Oregon State shot 47 percent on 48-of-59 shooting including 7-of-17 in 3-pointers and 18-of-21 from the line.
Oregon controlled the rebounding 33-28 but Oregon had a total of seven blocked shots to OS’ three. The Beavers turned the ball over two more times the Ducks (10-8) but lost the steal’s battle 7-3.
Oregon is now 21-6 for the season and 10-4 in conference play while Oregon State slips to 15-10 for the year and 6-8 in the conference.
“I think we’re in a position here that if we maintain our focus, our intensity and guys will play together, we can regain," observed Altman of his team now in the heat of the confrence race. "Now it’s just a matter of working our tails off to get better.”