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.



SOU heads back to NAIA final

Raiders beat top two teams to earn right to defend national title
Dec. 6, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

A year after stunning the small college football world, the Southern Oregon Raiders are primed to defend their national title.

After a second road win over a national power, the Raiders will play for the NAIA title Dec. 19, in Daytona Beach, Fla., against their opponent from last year.

SOU and Indiana's Marian University will meet a year after the Raiders earned their first title with a 55-31 win in the 2014 championship game. The final will be televised on ESPN3, which is a web-streaming service.

Southern Oregon earned its way into the title game as the seventh seed in the 16-team playoff bracket, beating the top two seeds along the way. After a 52-8 win over Kansas Wesleyan in Ashland, the Raiders beat second seed Baker, Kan., 24-19, powered by 451 yards of total offense, and then top seed Morningside, Iowa., 30-27, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left. The Raiders rolled up 527 yards of offense in that win.

Marian won its semifinal 45-14 over St. Francis, Ind.

Junior quarterback Tanner Trosin led the semifinal victory by throwing for 391 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for two other scores, including the deciding touchdown.

The championship has featured the same two teams in consecutive years several times before, including 2007-08.



PSU goes for top billing

Vikings might have best chance for Big Sky glory in improbable season
Oct. 15, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With both Oregon and Oregon State struggling to become bowl-eligible at the NCAA FBS level, the Portland State football team has a rare opportunity to steal the Div. I spotlight from the downstate schools, at least within Portland, Saturday with a crucial Big Sky Conference game against Montana State.

Every game is crucial for the Vikings within the Big Sky, as it's that competitive of a conference, but Saturday's game is heightened by this week's announcement that interim coach Bruce Barnum was signed to a five-year contract following a 4-1 start. And, the game is at home: Providence Park, where fans have been sparse and most informed observers expect MSU fans to outnumber PSU fans.

Montana plays at Providence Park on Oct. 31, and those same observers expect the same from Grizzlies fans then, too.

But, wait, this is Barney Ball - the name given to the Vikings' offense this season in which there's not a focal figure and the team scores in droves.

Droves. In fact 66-7 last week in Denton, Texas (Texas!), which crushed a Conference USA team, North Texas. In Week One, the Viks beat Washington State 24-7, which made the program the first FCS team to beat two FBS teams in the same season.

Good stuff, but easily played off as being the season opener against WSU (FCS teams regularly beat FBS teams in Week 1), and North Texas is suffering through a horrid season.

Good stuff, but hollow wins without the follow-through of Big Sky wins that will propel the program to the FCS Playoffs, somewhere it has never been even remotely close to.

Saturday, that journey truly begins with the idea that the Vikings can actually play their way into a spot among the top 16 teams in FCS.


Providence Park, 12:30 p.m.


What's Michigan got to do with it?

The Wolverines might be a model for what can happen to a top FB program
Oct. 12, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Was that the Oregon football team just a fourth-and-goal conversion from being ranked in the Top 4 earlier in the season?


Heading into Saturday’s game at Washington, a program the Ducks haven’t lost to in 11 years, the Ducks are three-point underdogs.

Underdogs to Washington. That’s how much the 2015 season has turned over in two months.

That’s a key part of the Sportsland, Oregon episode for this week, recorded at Pour Sports in Southeast Portland.

The Ducks head to Seattle off a two-overtime loss at home to Washington State in which they failed to stop the Cougars the final four times they had the ball and scored just once themselves in spite of fielding a tailback, Royce Freeman, who ran for 246 yards.

Co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber take on what the state of the UO program is in mid-season and how the rest of the country might be looking at the team as is struggles forward from 3-3 and needing three wins to become bowl eligible - three combined against: Washington, ASU, California, Stanford, USC and Oregon State.

The Blazers get some time, Major League Baseball, the Timbers and, oh yes, roofball.

Episode 27.

Raiders still riding victory wave

Southern Oregon, Linfield lead in-state small college programs
Oct. 8, 2015 / By Jeremy McDonald

Replacing the national player of the year hasn't been easy for the Southern Oregon University football team, so the Raiders have taken to using two players to accomplish the task.

Quarterback Austin Dodge led the Raiders to the NAIA National Championship last season as a senior, and the team has used two players in his place: Tanner Trosin and Kamerun Smith. Both have combined to lead the team to a 3-1 record and No. 2 national ranking midway through the season.

Here's a look at how the state's eight smaller schools might be ranked according to the success of their seasons:

1. Southern Oregon (3-1, 3-1 Frontier Conference)

The Raiders have a three-game win streak heading into a road game with No. 16 Montana-Western Saturday. That's two weeks after an 82-9 win against Montana State-Northern. Next week is a rematch of the season-opening loss at Carroll College of Helena, Mont. That game ended 26-20. Carroll is up to No. 4 in the NAIA poll, and the Raiders have a home game Nov. 7 against No. 17 Montana Tech, which handed Carroll a 19-10 loss.

2. Linfield College (3-0, 1-0 Northwest Conference)

The Wildcats are right back where they've been seemingly forever - nera the top of the NCAA Div. III rankings, this week at No. 4. Coming off a 73-0 win over Lewis and Clark, the team plays host to Pacific having allowed only 21 points all season.

3. Pacifc (3-1, 1-0 NWC)

The Boxers hope to give Linfield a game through the air, averaging 321 yards per game. Their one loss came at home to to Dubuque, Iowa, 31-29. Next week, Pacific meets Lewis and Clark.

4. Western Oregon (2-3, 1-1 Great Northwest)

The Wolves recovered from a well-played loss at Portland State to beat Dixie State in Utah, and now face No. 6 North Alabama at home Saturday in the return game from last season when the Lions won 30-10. Western leads the GNAC in passing at 260 yards per game.

5. George Fox (2-2, 0-1 NWC)

In their second season of rebirth, the average margin of victory in four games is 0.25 points, so excitement has been a key to the year. Saturday, the Foxes get Lewis and Clark, who they beat last year for their first win.

6. Eastern Oregon (1-4, 1-3 Frontier Conference)

The Mountaineers might be at the bottom of the conference, but they haven't been boring. Following an upset of Montana Tech, they lost in double-overtime to Rocky Mountain, two weeks after losing 38-35 to SOU due to a field goal with four seconds left in a game EOU led 35-14. This week, Eastern, which played at the Big Sky's Sacramento State, gets its chance to rally its season at Carroll.

7. Willamette (0-3, 0-1 NWC)

The Bearcats fell to conference rival Puget Sound 24-20 Saturday when they gave up a touchdown with 1:17 left. That's a week after a 17-point rally fell short to Cal Lutheran - 27-24. This week they get winless Pacific Lutheran, which lost to Pacific last week.

8. Lewis and Clark (0-3, 0-1 NWC)

The Pioneers have scored just three touchdowns all season, but two were in a 20-14 loss in Week 2.




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