Oregon State Grinds Out Win Over Ducks

Pomp and circumstance was in order before the Ducks kicked off their Pac-10 home opener against Oregon State, in what was the final Civil War game at historic McArthur Court. Former Duck and All-NBA guard, Terrell Brandon was honored this evening as his jersey was retired prior to the game. However, happy endings are reserved for fairy tales, as the Ducks fell to the Beavers, 64-57.

The building was electric. The energy was palpable. Before Sunday evening's game versus Oregon State, momentum and adrenaline seemed to be in Oregon's favor. As Terrell Brandon was honored before the beginning of the final Civil War contest at McArthur Court, the stage was set for the Ducks to put together a tremendous performance in front of a energized and boisterous crowd.

It was all for naught.

The Ducks opened Pac-10 play utterly sloppy and lackadaisical, allowing the Beavers -- who had lost by an astounding 51 points in their previous game against Seattle University in Corvallis -- to fluster and pressure the Ducks in to costly turnovers and poor shot selection. However, according to Oregon head coach Ernie Kent, he insisted that it was a lack of focus and an overall under-appreciation of the intensity of the rivalry that doomed his team tonight.

"I don't think we did a very good job, obviously, of explaining to this basketball team the intensity of this rivalry," said Kent.

"This was not the same team that we had out on the road last week."

It certainly wasn't. The Ducks shot a putrid 35.2 percent from the field, including 4-of-20 from behind the three-point line. Senior guard Tajuan Porter, who led all scorers with 20 points, echoed Kent's sentiments, stating that he believed some members of his team possibly misjudged the importance of this game.

"I guess we got kind of rattled," admitted Porter, "For Malcolm (Armstead) to be his first time in a Civil War battle and to face that zone they play -- it wasn't like practice.

"We did it in practice, but they played much tougher than we did. It was a shock to all of us."

Despite turning the ball over six times, Armstead certainly wasn't the soul reason for the Ducks' epically flat performance. The team as a whole looked confused and lost at the beginning of the game, turning the ball over five times in five consecutive possessions, digging themselves in to a 8-0 hole to start the game.

"We had a couple turnovers that gave them the momentum," said Porter of the team's horrendous start to the game, "and we had to play catch up the whole game."

The Beavers had three players score in double figures, as Seth Tarver and Daniel Deane each scored 15 points, while Roeland Schaftenaar provided some timely baskets as he chipped in 11.

Oregon returns to action Thursday night at 5:30 pm against Arizona State at McArthur Court.

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