Oregon ready to move up in Pac-12 ranks

USC, UCLA head to the Matt for weekend games
Jan. 17, 2012

Coming off only the second sweep of the Arizona schools, the Oregon men's basketball team has a chance to move up into the conference leaders with Southern Cal and UCLA headed to Eugene.

Oregon enters the games, starting with USC Thursday, in fourth place in the Pac-12 at 4-2, 13-5 overall.

Following Thursday's game with USC (0-5, 5-13), the Ducks play host to UCLA (3-2, 10-7) on Saturday in the second set of home games in confernce play.

Having played four of its six Pac-12 games this season on the road, the Ducks have been impressive in posting a 3-1 road record in league play. The other 11 Pac-12 teams have managed a combined 6-22 record on the road in conference action.



Oregon got hit by a careeer-topping performance from California's Allen Crabbe and dropped a 77-60 decision to the Bears Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Crabbe connected on six 3-point shots and scored 26 points to lead Cal, which improved to13-4 overall, 3-1 in Pac-12 play.

Oregon got 14 points from Devoe Joseph and 12 from E.J. Singler, but couldn't follow Thursday's win over Stanford and fell to 11-5, 2-2, earning its second split in two conference series.

The Ducks play at the Arizona schools this weekend - Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday.



Senior Devoe Joseph scored a career-high 30 points and led the Oregon Ducks to an impressive 78-67 win over Stanford in Pac-12 Conference men's basketball action Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Joseph, who transferred from Minnesota during the summer, connected on 9 of 15 shots from the field, including five three-point shots, to help Oregon improve to 2-1 in conference play and 11-4 overall.

E.J. Singler made 10 free throws in the final three minutes and finished with 13 points to back up Joseph.

The Ducks continue a weekend homestand against Cal Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Josh Owen led Stanford (12-3, 2-1) with 19 points.


Beavers get wiped out by Stanford, 103-101

A four-overtime loss leaves OSU with a split of weekend series
Jan. 7, 2012

Oregon State missed an opportunity for a huge upset win when a last-second three-point attempt bounced away at the buzzer and allowed Stanford to exit Gill Coliseum with a 103-101 victory after four overtimes in Pac-12 Conference men's basketball play Saturday.

Jared Cunningham scored 19 points and Devon Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Beavers. Joe Burton added 18 points and Eric Morland had six of the team's 11 blocked shots, which set a team record for a single game.

OSU had never before played four overtimes, and matched its highest point total in a conference game.

Cunningham played 54 of the game's 60 minutes.

"Well, that was one to remember, even though we didn't win," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media afterward. "I couldn't be happier with my team. I thought they fought hard. Tonight they realized that they can play with anybody in the country."

The Beavers, who beat Cal on Thursday, dropped to 11-5 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Stanford is 13-3, 3-1.



Oregon State won its first Pac-12 Confernce men's basketball game behind dual 24-point games from Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks Thursday night.

The Beavers surpassed 90 points for the seventh time this season - a school record - and beat California 92-85 at Gill Coliseum.

OSU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but needed a 9-3 run to pull away after the Bears had rallied to with 77-73.

"I couldn't be more proud of our team and our effort, especially coming off a weekend (losses to UW and WSU) like we had," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media after the game. "I knew that if we could take care of the start, and it almost didn't look like we were going to down 5-0, that we would play well and go toe-to-toe with them."

The Beavers (11-4, 1-2) play host to Stanford Saturday night.


Beavers shoot past PSU, Virginia wins in Eugene

ROUND-UP: Oregon State rolls past Howard, closes homestand Sunday

Oregon State closed a five-game homestand with a 101-68 thumping of Portland State in anon-conference men's basketball game Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

Six Beavers scored in double figures led by Ahmad Starks with 17, and the team hit 13 of 21 three-point shots in the win.

OSU improved to 9-2 with the victory, just two wins short of their win total from last year.

Portland State got 19 points from Lateef McMullen in the loss and fell to 6-5.

In Eugene, the Ducks led Virginia 30-28 at the half, but an 18-3 run midway through the second half earned the Cavaliers a 67-54 win at Matthew Knight Arena Sunday.

Oregon trailed just 45-43 with 10:14 left when the Cavs went to work on Oregon's defense and scored six times during the remainder of the game on a lay-up or dunk, and also made seven free throws to improve to 9-1 overall. Oregon, which made just five of 14 free throws, got 16 points from Devoe Joseph, but dropped to 6-3 on the season.

Oregon's reserves outscored the starters 29-25.



Oregon State got career nights from three playes and a monster dunk from Jared Cunningham on the way to a 93-72 win over Howard Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

Sophomore guard Ahmad Starks had personal bests of 22 points and five three-point field goals, junior forward Angus Brandt made 9-of-11 shots on his way to a career-high 21 points and sophomore guard Roberto Nelson added a season-high 20 points on 7-of-12 from the field. It was the first time Oregon State has had three players score at least 20 points in the same game since Dec. 4, 2004 against Colorado.

Junior Jared Cunningham had a reverse alley-oop dunk in the first half on a pass from junior Joe Burton that had people on Twitter comparing it to last season's "Kiss the Sky" dunk. Cunningham returned the favor in the second half after a pass from Starks when he tossed up an alley-oop to sophomore Devon Collier for a thunder dunk.

The Beavers improved to 8-2 on the season heading into Sunday's home game with Portland State, which closes a five-game homestand. OSU is off to its best start in 14 years.


Oregon improved to 6-2 and remained unbeaten at home with a 79-70 win over stubborn Portland State Monday night.

EJ Singler scored a game-high 19 points and Devoe Joseph, in his second game since transferring from Minnesota, added 13 points, including six free throws in the closing minute after the Vikings had cut a 14-point deficit to three - 71-68 - with 1:29 left.

Portland State got 16 points from Chehales Tapscott, but dropped to 5-4.

Oregon will play host to Virginia Sunday.



Garret Sim hit all of his attempts from the field and free-throw line, EJ Singler had a solid outing and transfer Devoe Joseph scored a team high 18 points in his first game to lead Oregon past Fresno State 74-70 to highlight college basketball action on Saturday.

Sim hit all five of his shots from the field and four free throws to finish with 17 points, while Singler went for 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the win. The big news was Joseph, who played his first game since transferring from Minnesota. The 6-foot-4 guard, who averaged 11.3 points per game at Minnesota last season, hit 6 of 13 shots from the field and dished out four assists in the win.

Oregon improved to 5-2 on the season heading into a home game with Portland State Monday.

The rest of the state didn't fare so well.

Visiting Idaho pounded Oregon State 74-60 on Friday, dropping the Beavers to 6-2 as they prep for a home game with Illinois-Chicago Tuesday.

Portland State dropped a free-throw filled game at Utah Valley, 93-87, and will head for Eugene at 5-3. The Vikings made just 1 of 14 three-point attempts, while Utah Valley hit 33 of 35 free throws in the game.

Portland got drilled by Ohio University 72-54 at the Chiles Center and fell to 3-7.

Around the nation, Oregon's top three standouts all lost, beginning with Terrence Jones and Kentucky.

The top-rated Wildcats lost 73-72 at Indiana on a last-second shot that caused the crowd to erupt onto the floor. Jones, who has been leading Kentucky in points per game, had 4 points and 1 rebound in the loss.

At Duke, Washington sophomore Terrence Ross had 16 points and 7 rebounds and the Huskies narrowly missed beating No. 5 Duke. The Blue Devils won 86-80.

And Michael Moser, national player of the week just two weeks ago, had 4 points and 11 rebounds in UNLV's 62-51 loss at Wisconsin.



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