Beavers lead in-state NCAA sweep

OSU, Oregon, PSU and Portland all score conference wins Thursday
Jan. 22, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Malcolm Duvivier atacks the basket Thursday night.
Photo courtesy OSU Media.

Oregon State’s incredible home-court run continued unabated on Thursday night as the Beavers knocked off UCLA 66-55 to remain undefeated at Gill Coliseum on a night all four of Oregon’s NCAA Div. I schools won.

The Beavers (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12) improved to 11-0 at home, equaling their best start since the 1981-82 team won all 11 of its home games. They have now defeated UCLA three times in a row at Gill Coliseum for the first time since 1989-91.

Junior guard Gary Payton II had 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in leading the Beavers to their fourth win in their last five games. He had 15 points five rebounds and four steals in the first half alone.

In Eugene, Oregon beat Southern Cal 75-67, Portland beat visiting Pacific 72-69, and Portland State beat Weber State on the road, 69-63.

A week ago, all four schools lost on Thursday night.

OSU sophomore guard Malcolm Duvivier went 8-of-8 from the line in the closing 54 seconds and finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Beavers scored another emotional win before an energized crowd of 6,024 - the memory of the team’s upset of No. 7 Arizona two weeks ago still fresh.

The Beavers shot 51 percent (22-43) from the field, hit 16 of 18 free throws and limited the Bruins (11-8, 3-3) to 31 percent shooting overall (19-62) and 24 percent (6-25) from 3-point range.

The Ducks ended a two-game losing streak with a late surge against the Trojans, who rallied back from a 16-2 deficit to tie the game at 61-all. Oregon then hit a 9-0 run to take over the game before a crowd of 5,652 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Joseph Young led Oregon with 19 points.

Sophomore guard Alec Wintering hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to provide the winning margin for the Pilots at the Chiles Center.
Kevin Bailey led the team with 21 points, and Thomas Vander Mars added 17 points and eight rebounds for teh Pilots, who take on St. Mary’s Saturday. The Gaels lost at Gonzaga

Thursday in a battle for the WCC lead.


Thursday’s win boosted the Vikings into fifth place in the Big Sky Conference, and bumped the Wildcats to seventh - the standings would have been switched had the outcome been reversed. PSU plays at last-place Idaho State Saturday.