Oregon upset by Oregon State in Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, 75-64
Story by Shane Hoffmann - Story Source
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After Oregon shot a blistering 15-for-23 from three in their last matchup with Oregon State on March 7, winning 80-67, it was the Beavers who used the long ball to spark their offense on Friday. Oregon State's leading scorer Ethan Thompson — who finished with 16 points and tied a career-high five three-pointers — hit two early triples as the Beavers took a swift 6-1 lead.
Oregon State's defense ran the Ducks off the three-point line using aggressive closeouts. As Oregon went cold from deep, it used quick decisions and precise ball movement to score inside instead.
Shooting just 1-for-6 from three, the Ducks struggled to keep stride with Oregon State as the Beavers built a 16-9 lead just before the under-12 timeout. A layup from Warith Alatishe gave the Beavers a nine-point lead.
The Ducks answered with a 10-0 run. Richardson found Chris Duarte for a dunk, then Omoruyi — who led the Ducks with four first-half assists — dumped it off to Chandler Lawson for a layup. Seconds later, Omoruyi again found a teammate, throwing it ahead to Duarte for a second dunk. An Eric Williams Jr. three tied the game at 18 apiece, before an Omoruyi free throw gave Oregon their first lead, 19-18 with just over six minutes to go.
The Ducks held the lead for all of 25 seconds, their only of the game.
Oregon State's Jarod Lucas drilled an off-balance three in the corner. Dearon Tucker pulled off a personal 4-0 run. Read full story