Ducks stop Beavers 80-59

CORVALLIS, ORE. -- The No. 6 Oregon Ducks cruised past their in-state rival Oregon State Beavers 80-59 in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon was led by their junior forward Dillon Brooks who ended the night with 25 points in 22 minutes of play, going 10-14 from the field. Brooks tallied one rebound, two assists and one steal.

“He’s playing hard,” commented Head Coach Dana Altman on the hustle of Brooks. “In his 22 minutes of play he got a lot of ups, got to get him to rebound a little better.”

The Ducks had moments early in the game where they could have run away with the lead but couldn’t do so due to poor rebounding. Oregon State out rebounded the Ducks 28-18 in the first half which kept the Beavers in the game with 16 second chance points. At the end of the first half, the Beavers were within striking distance being down only eight points 32-34. The Ducks shot 11-30 (36.7 percent) from the field while the Beavers 10-35 (28.6 percent).

“Their defense energy, energy on the boards was a problem for us in the first half,” said Altman when he addressed the media during the post-game. “The second half we got it going, hitting 11 of our first 12 shots.”

At the start of the second half, the Ducks grabbed complete control of the game and never let off the gas pedal. One point during the game the Ducks had gone a 12-0 run, hitting 11 of their first 12 shots.

With good ball movement the Ducks dished out 18 total assists which allowed the Ducks to push their margin of lead to 25 points with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Casey Benson was the key factor for the Ducks as he kept the composer and made sure the team didn’t let up. Benson scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting (3-6 from beyond the arc), grabbed four rebounds to go along with three assists. Jordan Bell was also a major contributor for his team as he recorded a double-double collecting 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals.

“Casey (Benson) was the difference in the game,” Altman said of his player’s performance. “We were struggling in the first half and he (Benson) gave us a boost.”

 Chris Boucher, the other tall fir on the Ducks, added 12 points of his own to go along with four rebounds and four blocked shots.

For the game the Ducks shot 29-56 (51.8 percent) from the field, 8-22 (36.4 percent) from three point territory and 14-21 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

For the Beavers, this Civil War loss ended their low performing season with only one conference game win. A lot of it was the absence of former star Gary Payton II and the lack of depth the Beavers had coming into this year. Drew Eubanks was the star for the Beavers with his 21 points on 8-12 shooting. Eubanks added 12 rebounds, recording a double-double, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Stephen Thompson Jr. was the only other Beavers play to score in double-digit figures with 10 points on 4-18 shooting. Thompson also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Oregon State shot a dreadful 23-67 (34.3 percent) from the field of play, 6-27 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc and a perfect 7-7 (100 percent) from the charity stripe.

Oregon finishes the regular season with a record of 27-4, 16-2 in conference play and will be seeded in the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Up Next: No. 6 Oregon heads to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament. Ducks first game is on Thursday due to first round bye.

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