Ducks Topple Beavers 85-43

Casey Benson and Payton Prtichard took the podium following Oregon's 85-43 win over Oregon State on Saturday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Pritchard finished the night with 17 points to lead the Duck scoring while Benson added 11.

 Casey Benson, Junior Guard
On what was working early to go on the 21-0 run:
"Just got into a rhythm offensively and defensively, making it tough on them. I think it took them nine or 10 minutes to score we let that fuel us to get going."

On shutting down Drew Eubanks:
"He might have been their leading scorer, or top two, and we knew that they were going to go to him and our bigs did a really good job of making it tough on him and then we got some really good traps where he turned it over and that let us get some easy baskets, so pretty good defensive effort."

On Charlie Noebel hitting a three:
"It was awesome to see Charlie get in there. He is such a great kid and cares so much about the team and it's fun to see him score."

On how this compares to previous Oregon teams and the potential that this team has moving forward...
"We just continue to get better this year. Earlier this year we has some slip-ups obviously, so just focusing, getting better every single practice, every single game. I think we still have a chance to be really really good and to grow. We just got to continue to get better and work and make each other better."

On the areas that they can improve...
"Defensively, rebounding is key for us. Just continue to be unselfish. I think tonight almost every basket we had was assisted it seemed like. So that was huge for us."

 Payton Pritchard, Freshman Guard
On what was working early to go on the 21-0 run:
"Defense. When we start our going hard on defense, locking up, that's going to happen for us."

On playing while being up so much the entire game:
"This week we have been working really hard and focusing. Like I said before, when we focus in, great things will happen like that."

On his first civil war experience:
"Great experience. Growing up in the state, the Civil War is such a big thing in every sport, and just to be a part of that I'm very thankful and grateful."

On if there is steady improvement:
"Yeah just in practice, getting after each other, and obviously Chris (Boucher), Jordan (Bell), and Kavell (Bigby-Williams) are always going to block shots and they're the anchor of our defense, but I think us guards are getting better too, pressuring and eliminating easy shots from the outside."


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