The Oregon Ducks(23-8, 10-8) won their eighth game in a row and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament by defeating the Oregon State Beavers(16-15, 8-10) 88-74 in Las Vegas.
The hoop must’ve looked as minuscule as a wristband for Oregon at the beginning of the game because the Ducks couldn’t find nylon in the opening minutes. With just over 16 minutes left in the game, F Mike Moser ended the team’s 0-9 shooting drought by knocking down a three-pointer.
The Ducks were down 54-51 with 14:25 remaining in the second half. However, capped by 10 straight points from Joseph Young, the Ducks went on a 20-5 run to take a 12-point lead with 7:45 left. Young scored a team high 19 points.
With just under four minutes left, to thwart a Beavers counterattack, the Ducks scored on five straight possessions to increase their lead to 17 points with 1:38 remaining.
Previously struggling G Dominic Artis came out with a new haircut, which featured a swirly snake-like design, and delivered his most productive performance in some time. The sophomore guard scored 10 points and handed out a game high six assists.
Led by Jason Calliste, who scored 17 points, and Artis, the Ducks bench outscored Oregon starters 47-41 and scintillating sixth-man Calliste played more minutes(28) than any player on the team.
In possibly his last game as a Beaver, OSU G Roberto Nelson scored 19 points on 6-12 shooting. However, F Angus Brandt finished with a team and game high 20 points.
Though Oregon State shot 60 percent compared to Oregon’s 57 percent field goal shooting, the Beavers turned the ball over 15 times and the Ducks only accrued five turnovers.
Oddly, no Duck grabbed more than four rebounds and Moser’s four game double-double streak was snapped.
Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the Ducks face the UCLA Bruins. If they win, they will play the winner of Arizona State/Stanford on Friday.