A hot first half from Oregon forward Luke Jackson set the pace for the game, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the first half. Also in double figures for the Ducks were Freddie Jones and Luke Ridnour with 23 and 20 respectively. Jackson also grabbed seven boards for Ducks.
Oregon State's prime time player Phillip Ricci finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes of work. The only other Beav to break double digits was Floyd North III with 11.
"OSU is a good basketball team and Phillip Ricci is a very good player and he demands attention from us with the double team," Oregon coach Ernie Kent told OSN.
The Ducks took advantage of costly turnovers by Oregon State. Oregon was able to get 26 points off of 17 OSU turnovers. Only nine turnovers were committed by Oregon on the night.
After jumping out to a 17 point lead in the first half, the Ducks let Oregon State back into the game, closing it to a three point Oregon advantage. Oregon then showed itself to be the mentally tough team Coach Kent has referred to all season.
"They've done a nice job maintaining their intensity all season and if we're lucky enough to make the NCAA Tournament, they will have been battle tested," Kent said.
After today's game, Oregon State goes to 3-11 in the conference, 10-14 overall. They have two big games next weekend with the Washington schools in a pair of battles for the last spot in the PAC-10 Tournament.
"OSU is a good basketball team and they have a huge game with Washington next week. We want OSU in the PAC-10 Tournament. We don't want to see the Huskies in there, we want the Willamette Valley represented," Kent said.
Oregon regains first place with tonight's win, with a PAC-10 record of 10-4 and 18-7 overall. 1-14 Washington State will come to Mac Court Thursday and 3-12 Washington will be here on Saturday. Two wins will give Oregon a 16-0 undefeated season at home.
Stats from www.goducks.com.