The Ducks jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the game on two field goals by both Johnson and Chris Christoffersen. Oregon State continuously shot themselves in the foot, as they were unable to make a field goal for the first seven minutes of the game. The highlight of Oregon's opening 14-2 run was a SportsCenter worthy alley-oop from sophomore sensation Luke Ridnour to senior stud Freddie Jones.
Oregon State's key to keeping the game close was the inside play of Philip Ricci who had 12 points and seven rebounds. Brian Jackson, OSU's go-to-guy, was stricken with foul trouble, committing two offensive fouls in the first minute and a half.
"Chris (Christoffersen) and Robert (Johnson) both played well, and we were able to get their guys in foul trouble," Oregon Coach Ernie Kent told OSN after the game.
Oregon switched up from their normal game plan and went inside tonight, instead of using the 3-point bomb to lead them to victory. The Beavers actually out shot the Ducks from beyond the arc, going 7-21, while the Ducks were just 3-11.
OSU continues their losing ways, having not had a winning season in 12 years, and look to continue that dubious streak unless they turn the season around. The Beavers are currently 8-9 on the season and 1-6 in conference play. If OSU does not finish in the top eight in the conference's final standings, they will be left out of the PAC-10 Tournament in Los Angeles.
The Ducks on the other hand stand at 14-4 overall, with a 6-1 conference record, tied with USC atop the standings. Next week Oregon will head up north to the state of Washington and two battles with the Cougars and Huskies.
"We're going to run this thing as long as we can run it," Kent said.
Stats from goducks.com.