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Oregon upset by Oregon State in Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, 75-64
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The Ducks got a taste of their own medicine on Friday night in Las Vegas. Despite a 15-3 second half run, Oregon failed to overcome Oregon State's scorching three-point shooting, falling 75-64 in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

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. After Eugene Omoruyi sliced through the lane using a nifty euro step to finish at the rim, the Ducks showcased their perimeter playmaking as the ball fizzed around the court. After each Duck had touched it, Will Richardson dumped it off to Omoruyi under the rim to tie the game at eight with just under 16 minutes to go in the half.

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