Oregon handles Western sweep

Ducks beat Utah to keep Pac-12 momentum going
Feb. 7, 2016 / Staffl

EUGENE - Any campaign for Oregon’s Dillon Brooks as Pac-12 player of the year might have to start with an endorsement from a coach outside his own camp.

Utah coach Larry Kyrstkowiak saw enough Sunday to believe Brooks might have the right stuff.

“If we get a chance to play him again this year, we’re going to have to get back to the drawing board and come up with a different plan as to how we’re going to defend it because he’s hurt us,” Kyrstkowiak said. “And not just us.

“He’s an all-Pac-12 player at this point and he’s playing at a really high level.”

Brooks had 30 points and nine assists, both career highs, to lead No. 16 Oregon to a 76-66 victory over Utah.

“We didn’t have an answer for Dillon Brooks,” Krystkowiak added. “That was a huge difference in the game.”

Chris Boucher added 15 points and Elgin Cook had 12 for the Ducks (20-4, 9-2 Pac-12), who won their sixth consecutive game and 22nd straight at home, one shy of the school record.

Brooks, who had the first 30-point game for Oregon this season, had six rebounds.

“People tend to put everything on the offensive end, and he had a great game offensively,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He had a couple of communication gaps on the defensive end, and I don’t know if it was his best (game), but it ranks right up there.

“It was a great performance.”

Kyle Kuzma led the Utes (17-7, 6-5) with 18 points and Jordan Loveridge had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jakob Poeltl, the Pac-12’s second-leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, had 13 points and eight rebounds

Oregon made the Utes pay for their 14 turnovers by converting them into 19 points.

The Ducks’ biggest lead was 55-39 on a three-point play by Brooks. Four times the Utes cut the deficit to single digits, and on each occasion, Oregon answered with the ball going through Brooks on all four possessions.

“Dillon was confident, he made a lot of shots and did a lot of good things for us,” Cook said. “He played a real solid game.”

Brooks capped his 17-point second half with a 3 in the last minute for the Ducks’ final points.

Despite his team’s 1 1/2-game lead atop the Pac-12 standings with seven games to go in the regular season, Altman, who didn’t make Brooks available for postgame interviews, was a tougher sell on the sophomore’s candidacy for player of year.

“ I just don’t believe a player of the year can be on a team that’s not one or two or three (in the Pac-12) and in the hunt right to the end,” Altman said, “and I think it’s going to be a hunt right to the end. There’s a lot of good teams.”

The lead changed hands seven times before an 11-2 run, capped by Boucher’s high-bouncing 3-pointer, helped put the Ducks up 41-35 at halftime. Brooks had 13 points and four assists.

OSU handles national audience

OSU dominates Arizona State on ESPN to move atop Pac-12 standings
Feb. 1, 2016 / Staff Report

Any doubt the Oregon State women's basketball team is the class of the Pac-12 Conference evaporated Monday night at Gill Colisem.

Powered by a 25-point performance by guard Jamie Weisner, the Beavers pummeled Arizona State 67-44 to move into a tie with the Sun Devils atop the conference standings. The battle between top-10 foes played out on ESPN2, and gave the Beavers an edge in the overall seeding for the conference tournament.

Weisner played the key role in the win, hitting 9 of her 10 shots from the field, including all 3-point attempts. She added five rebounds and three assists in the outcome.

Point guard Sydney Wiese added 14 points and six assists in the game, which OSU led by only two points at halftime. The Beavers won the second half by 21 points.

With the win, the ninth-ranked Beavers improved to 18-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play. ASU, ranked No. 8, dropped to 18-4, 9-1. The teams do not meet again in the regular season.

Oregon State, which beat Ariaona 71-43 on Friday, is the defending conference champion, and plays at Washington and Washington State this weekend.



Oregon shows it's tournament ready

The Ducks sweep through Arizona with win Sunday night
Jan. 31, 2016 / Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Boucher scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots as the 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks beat Arizona State 91-74 and took sole possession of first place halfway through the Pac-12 season Sunday.

“Unbelievable game,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He really, really changed the game. He was super tonight.”

Dillon Brooks added 18 points and Tyler Dorsey 16 for the Ducks (18-4, 7-2), who won their fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games. Oregon is ahead of four teams at 6-3 in conference play.

“We put ourselves in a good position winning these two games,” Oregon’s Elgin Cook said. “But it’s a real deep league. We just don’t want any slip-ups.”

Boucher was the national junior college player of the year last season at Northwest College in Wyoming and transferred to Oregon despite never playing an organized game until age 19. He’s listed as a senior but has appealed to have another year of eligibility restored.

In this one, he hurt the Sun Devils from inside and outside, sinking a career-best four 3-pointers in eight attempts and swatting away repeated Arizona State drives at the rim.

“Boucher is a lot tougher than he looks,” Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley said. “... He was flawless with his shooting. He was driving it, he was dunking it, he was blocking shots. He’s a big-time player.”

Obinna Oleka scored 17 points and Gerry Blakes 15 for the Sun Devils (12-10, 2-7).

Oregon completed a sweep of the Arizona teams in the desert. The Ducks ended No. 18 Arizona’s 49-game homecourt winning streak with an 83-75 win in Tucson on Thursday night.

Altman warned his team of a possible letdown after such a big win.

“He was like, `You know, if we lose to Arizona State it doesn’t matter if you beat Arizona,” Boucher said.

The coach said it helped that the team had an extra day off to get over the Arizona victory and ready for the Sun Devils.

“This is one place where the schedule did us a favor I thought by giving us an extra day,” Altman said.

Leading just 37-36 at the break Sunday, Oregon scored the first seven points of the second half from the foul line and the Sun Devils never caught up again.

Three-pointers by Kodi Justice and Blakes cut the Ducks’ lead to 53-50, then Boucher sank consecutive 3s, Brooks made two free throws and scored inside and a 12-2 run put Oregon up 65-52 with 8 minutes to play.

Tra Holder’s 3 cut the lead to 70-63 but Arizona State could get no closer. A technical foul on Hurley for complaining on a foul call resulted in Dorsey sinking three free throws to put the Ducks up 73-63 with 4:57 left.

Hurley wasn’t happy with the free-throw discrepancy. Oregon was 29 of 38 at the line, the Sun Devils 14 of 17.

“The free-throw differential killed us,” he said. “Thirty-eight and 17 (attempts). They outshot us at the free-throw line by 15 and the final score was 17.”

The Ducks jumped to a 13-0 lead but Arizona State outscored them 23-7 over the next 8 1/2 minutes to take a 23-20 lead. There were four ties and three lead changes in the first 20 minutes.

“The way that they really separated themselves was with their athletic ability, their length and their ability to create turnovers with that,” Hurley said, “and also they were able to block shots.”

The Ducks were 9 for 9 at the foul line in the first 1:45 of the second half to assist the win.

Oregon plays host Colorado Thursday night.


Ducks score huge win

Oregon ends Arizona's 49-game home winning streak with stellar effort
Jan. 27, 2016 / Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, and No. 23 Oregon ended Arizona’s 49-game home winning streak with an 83-75 victory over the No. 18 Wildcats on Thursday night at the McHale Center.

Dwayne Benjamin added 15, Elgin Cook had 13 and Tyler Dorsey had 12 for the Ducks (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12), who entered the game tied for first in the Pac-12.

Ryan Anderson scored 22, and Gabe York had 18 for the Wildcats (16-5, 4-4), who lost at home for the first time since California beat them 77-69 on Feb. 10, 2013. It was the longest active home winning streak in the country.

The Ducks outscored Arizona 19-11 over the final 6 minutes.

The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers to Oregon’s six.

Trailing 42-41 at the half, Oregon took its first lead of the night on Cook’s 3 with 16:08 to play. It was part of a 10-0 Ducks run that was capped by Benjamin’s 3-pointer, boosting the lead to 52-46 with 15:30 to go.

Arizona’s Parker-Jackson Cartwright sank a 3-pointer from the baseline to tie the score at 64-64 with 7:25 to play, but the Ducks scored the next eight points. Benjamin was fouled on a 3-point try and made all three free throws, then Brooks sank his second 3-pointer, and Oregon led 72-64 with 4:47 to play.

The Wildcats led the entire first half. They made their first eight shots of the game to bolt to an 18-7 lead and were up 26-13 after Parker Jackson-Cartwright sank a 3-pointer with 11:24 left in the half.

But in a fast-paced game, the Ducks climbed back in it.

Kaleb Tarczewski’s two free throws put Arizona up 42-36 1:25 before the break.

But Benson followed with a 3-pointer to make it 42-39 1:02 left .

After the teams exchanged possessions, Oregon had an out-of-bounds play with 2.1 seconds left, and Dorsey broke free for a layup at the buzzer to cut Arizona’s lead to 42-41 at the break.

It was the only time the teams will play in the regular season.

Beavers finally beat Stanford

OSU women end streak of 29 straight losses to Cardinal
Jan. 17, 2016

Corvallis - Senior guard Deven Hunter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and No. 12 Oregon State stunned No. 11 Stanford 58-50 Sunday night.

Spurred on by a roaring Gill Coliseum crowd of 4,314, the Beavers (14-3, 5-1 Pac-12) ended the game on a 23-4 run to erase a decade of frustration against Stanford (14-4, 4-2). It was OSU’s first win over the Cardinal since Jan. 11, 2001, ending a streak of 29 consecutive losses in the series.

“It’s hard to put this one into words,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “This was a great basketball game tonight. You know you’re going to get Stanford’s absolute A game, especially in a game like this one. For 30 minutes it was a struggle, and then things changed.

“The last 12-13 minutes of this game were a blur, and that’s a stretch of basketball no one here will ever forget. This is only one game, but it’s a significant one for us, and I’m so proud of the we we competed today.”

Hunter rained home a career-high five 3-point baskets in seven attempts and was 7 of 12 from the field overall in recording the ninth double-double of her career. She had eight points in the fourth quarter, when OSU outscored Stanford 28-10 to erase a 40-30 deficit.

Senior guard Jamie Weisner added 18 points, six assists and four steals and helped spark the comeback with 12 fourth-quarter points. Her 3-pointer from the right wing with 57 seconds to play was the dagger in the heart, as it gave the Beavers an insurmountable 55-48 advantage and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The Beavers trailed 46-35 with 7:07 to play when the game turned 180-degrees on its axis going on a 17-0 run. Hunter scored a layup with 6:45 to play, then hit a 3-pointer off a Weisner assist with 6:14 to play to draw OSU within 46-40.

Ducks sweep weekend

Oregon rebounds from Civil War loss with wins over Cal, Stanford
Jan. 10, 2016

EUGENE - After losing on the road to start the Pac-12 season, the Oregon men's basketball team tamed both California and Stanford during the weekend at the Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon beat Cal 68-65 on Wednesday and Stanford 71-58 on Sunday to improve to 11-0 at home, and 13-3 overall. This weekend they play at Utah and Colorado.
Sunday, the Ducks spent the first half trying to figure out Stanford’s zone defense, and the second half picking it apart. After recording just nine assists in Wednesday’s win over California, Oregon had 11 in the second half alone Sunday, on 14 field goals as the Ducks extended what was a 28-24 halftime lead.

Oregon’s best sequence came midway through the second half, as Casey Benson found Dwayne Benjamin for a corner three and a 48-38 lead. That began a stretch of six straight field goals that were assisted on, with Dillon Brooks setting up Benjamin for a dunk, Tyler Dorsey feeding Chris Boucher for a layin and Benson setting up Brooks on the next three trips. That sequence gave Oregon its first double-digit lead, and Stanford (9-6, 2-2) never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Wednesday, it was 52-50 when Boucher hit a three-pointer for Oregon, then blocked a three-point attempt on the other end. Cal freshman Ivan Rabb scored against Boucher moments later to get the Bears within 57-54, but two possessions later Elgin Cook broke down a defender for a layin and then completed the three-point play after a timeout to match Oregon’s biggest lead, 60-54.

The Ducks then went scoreless on their next four possession, and Cal closed within 60-57. Coming out of a timeout with just under a minute to go, Dorsey hit a three-pointer from the corner on an inbounds play, and Oregon led by six again. The Ducks hit enough free throws the rest of the way to hang on.

Back-to-back threes by Dorsey had provided an early 11-6 lead in the first half, but Cal used a 10-2 run to claw ahead, 16-13. Oregon finally tied the game 23-23 on a hook shot by Boucher, and another Boucher basket forged the 27-27 halftime tie.

OSU almost gets another big win

Beavers rally, but lose at Notre Dame 62-61
Dec. 28, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Oregon State made another statement it belongs among the top women’s basketball teams in the nation Monday, but that didn’t turn into a victory.

A week after battling national power Tennessee to the wire in Corvallis, the Beavers battled back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit only to lose 62-61 to No. 3 Notre Dame Monday evening in South Bend, Ind.

The Beavers were ahead with 3:05 to play, but a late surge from the Irish gave Notre Dame the win.

“This was a great battle,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “This is a place that’s used to winning. I’m very proud of our team. The way we competed, the composure we showed and the fight we displayed bode well for our future. We’ve got a lot to learn, both about things we need to improve and things we did well.”

The Beavers played their second-consecutive game without the services of Naismith Trophy candidate Sydney Wiese, who missed the contest due to injury.

Junior Gabriella Hanson scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting to lead the Beavers in scoring for the second-consecutive game. Senior Ruth Hamblin notched a double-double, going for 10 points and 12 rebounds after putting up 12 points, eight rebounds and nine blocks in OSU’s contest against Notre Dame two years ago.

Senior Jamie Weisner finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while classmate Deven Hunter recorded seven points and eight boards.

Overall, the Beavers held a 46-33 edge in rebounds and shot 36.7 percent (22-for-60) from the floor.

The Beavers got off to a strong start, opening the game with buckets from Hunter and Hamblin, and holding the Irish without a field goal for the first six minutes to take an early 8-3 advantage. The Beavers held a 13-12 lead at the first quarter-break, but a Notre Dame surge would give the Irish a 21-18 edge midway through the second frame.

The Beavers would bounce back with an 8-0 run to jump ahead 26-21, but Notre Dame would battle back to take a 30-26 lead in to the intermission.

The Irish extended the edge to double-digits early in the third quarter, but Oregon State answered with 13-2 run to get within two late in the frame. Oregon State would roar back in the fourth quarter, tying the game up with just under seven minutes to play. The Beavers would proceed to take the lead with 5:06 remaining, and were ahead as late as the 3-minute mark, but the Irish would battle back to retake the lead. Freshman Katie McWilliams hit a pair of free throws with less than a second on the clock to cut the Notre Dame edge to one, as the Beavers came within a point of handing the Irish just their fifth home loss in the last five years (Connecticut twice, Baylor and Virginia).

Oregon State hit seven of its 10 second-half 3-point attempts to help propel its late run.

The Beavers will open Pac-12 play Saturday, when they head to Los Angeles to take on USC in a game that will air on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Los Angeles.

Ducks arrive for bowl prep

Oregon meets TCU in the Alamo Bowl Jan. 2
Dec. 26, 2015 / Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — When the Oregon football team arrived at its hotel for the Alamo Bowl two seasons ago, the Ducks were greeted by a gauntlet of bowl representatives who slapped an endless supply of stickers bearing the bowl’s logo on players’ clothing, luggage … even a forehead or two.

Surely the Ducks’ victory over Texas in that year’s Alamo Bowl was the best memory from the trip. But smaller details like the stickers were memorable too.

And so, when Oregon arrived at the same hotel Saturday, for this year’s Alamo Bowl next weekend against Texas Christian, veterans smiled nostalgic smiles when walking the sticker gauntlet again, while newcomers experienced it for the first time.

“San Antonio is a beautiful place,” senior defensive end DeForest Buckner said. “We’re excited to be back at this bowl game.”

Much more during the upcoming week will feel familiar to Buckner and other veterans who were on hand for the 30-7 victory over Texas in 2013. Oregon’s practices, the first of which will be held Sunday morning, are at the same location, Alamo Heights High School.

There are similar functions for players to enjoy — a San Antonio Spurs game Monday evening, a visit with wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid on Tuesday, and Sea World on Wednesday. It all leads up to next Saturday’s 3:45 p.m. kickoff against the Horned Frogs.

Oregon enters the Alamo Bowl at 9-3 and ranked No. 15, while TCU is 10-2 and ranked 11th.

“We’re playing in a great bowl game against some high-powered competition,” sophomore running back Royce Freeman said.

As they do at home, the Ducks will practice in the late morning this week. They’ll stretch out a normal five-day schedule of game preparation over six days; currently, plans call for Thursday-style non-contact workouts on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Inclement weather around Texas caused some travel delays Saturday, but UO coach Mark Helfrich said he expected every player eligible for this season to arrive and participate in Oregon’s preparations this week. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was one of the players affected by the weather; a few dozen Ducks travelled on the team’s charter from Eugene, but many others scheduled flights directly into San Antonio from their hometowns after spending time with family for the holidays.

Oregon’s schedule for the week also includes a pep rally Thursday, and a trip to the Alamodome for a team photo Friday.

SOU grinds to halt in final

Raiders miss a repeat title with 31-14 loss in championship game
Dec. 19, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Southern Oregon may have had the highlight of Saturday evening’s NAIA Football Championship game with a trick play, but the Marian (Ind.) Knights weren’t fooled otherwise.

A year after getting embarrassed by the Raiders on the same stage, the sixth-ranked Knights returned the favor and claimed their second national title in four years with a decisive 31-14 win at Municipal Stadium.

The seventh-ranked Raiders – who defeated the Knights 55-31 in the 2014 championship – went home with the second-best season in program history and a record of 11-3. Marian finished 12-2.

Quarterback Hayden Northern, the man who was previously intercepted six times by SOU, was a clean 21-of-29 for 211 yards and a touchdown. Eleven of those completions found the 6-foot-4 Krishawn Hogan, who brought his postseason total to 16 TDs and logged his 12th consecutive 100-plus-yard receiving game with 147.

Hogan’s night started with a first-quarter fumble at SOU’s 19-yard line, but, after turning it over eight times last year, that turned out to be Marian’s only one of the night. Hogan went on to punch in a two-yard TD run and later dragged a couple of Raiders into the end zone for a 55-yard TD catch with 8:02 remaining – giving the Knights a 28-7 lead and essentially sealing the outcome.

The Raiders, who put 38 points on Marian in the first half last year, were shut out through one half for the first time since Sept. 3, 2011 at Portland State, and became the first team to get blanked through three quarters of a championship game since 2000. They were limited to 208 yards of total offense – their lowest total since 2011, also at Portland State – and, without Melvin Mason (who was injured on the first drive), they had just 44 rushing yards on 22 attempts against the NAIA’s top ground defense.

Dewayne Beckford, the former Big Ten all-star for Purdue who has spurred the Knights at defensive end, was named the defensive player of the game for his two sacks and two more tackles for losses.

SOU quarterback Tanner Trosin completed 17 of 40 passes for 132 yards and was picked off once. That, along with a stale running game, resulted in nine Thomas Giddens punts. His previous season-high had been seven.

Following a scoreless first quarter for both teams, SOU was stuffed on fourth-and-two on its first drive of the second. Marian took advantage with a 13-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 19-yard rush by freshman Maurice Woodard, his first TD since Oct. 31.

The Raiders’ ensuing drive was a three-and-out, and Hogan’s first score of the night was next, taking the Knights into halftime with a 14-0 lead.

Marian failed to score on the first drive of the third quarter but still managed to eat six minutes off the clock. After gaining 29 yards in the second quarter, the Raiders possessed the ball for just three minutes of the third and totaled 16 yards.

OSU readied for UT rematch

The Beavers get another shot at beating a top-tier program
Dec. 18, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

A year after nearly scoring a huge win, the Oregon State women's basketball team has another chance to assert it's place amongst the nation's top programs.

Saturday, the seventh-ranked Beavers play host to the 14th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers at Gill Coliseum.

Tennessee earned a 74-63 win over the visiting Beavers last year, ending OSU's 10-game win streak that opened the season. The third-ranked Vols were aided by a 34-9 edge in free throws on their home court.

This year's Beavers have an eight-game win streak heading into the 6 p.m. contest, and are coming off a 75-51 win over CSU-Bakersfield Tuesday, a game played before 7,824 fans at Gill.

OSU, which won the Pac-12 Conference title for the first time last season, leads the Pac-12 in attendance with an average of 4,004 fans per game.

The No. 7 ranking is the program's highest in its history. The Beavers play at No. 3 Notre Dame, Dec. 28.



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