Courtesy: Oregon State University Athletics
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 22 points and Eric Moreland added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as Oregon State took down Oregon, 80-72, on Sunday night at Gill Coliseum in the 340th Civil War.
Nelson was sensational in front of a season-high crowd of 6,358, cashing in on 7-of-13 shots from the field. The senior also added four rebounds and two assists to his final stat line.
Moreland registered his third consecutive double-double, effecting the game on both ends of the court. The big man converted on a career-high 11-of-12 shots from the line, handed out a career-high five assists and blocked three shots for Oregon State (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12).
Angus Brandt was a catalyst for the Beavers, tallying 14 points on a 5-of-9 shooting performance. The Australian also grabbed five boards and dished out two key assists down the stretch the helped lead Oregon State to victory.
The Beavers shared the ball more often than their rival, owning the assists differential 19-6. Oregon State was also able to outrebound Oregon (13-4, 1-4) 42-34, which paid dividends for the Beavers on both ends of the floor.
The only lead Oregon saw in the contest came after its first score in the opening half, but the Beavers were able to apply pressure defensively and knock down shots to separate themselves from the Ducks. At the 8:13 mark in the opening frame, Oregon State held a 16-point advantage that would be challenged but never surrendered.
“I couldn’t be happier for the guys in our locker room,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “They have been really working towards having a game like this and it wasn’t perfect, but this is the best 20 turnover game I have ever been a part of. That was a good team that was ranked as high as 10th in the country at one point, and we handled their pressure and physicality.”
Oregon was led by Jason Calliste, who finished with 17 points after shooting 6-of-11 from the floor. Richard Amardi added 13 points and six rebounds for the Ducks.
Hallice Cooke drained his first three-ball of the night at the 17:25 mark, which gave Oregon State a 5-2 lead early in the contest. After a stop on the defensive end, the Union City, N.J. native did it again, getting another three to fall and pushing the Beavers to an 8-3 advantage.
Nelson showed his range with 14:23 on the clock in the first frame, hitting a deep three to give Oregon State a 13-6 edge in the highly physical battle. Olaf Schaftenaar joined the three-point brigade soon after, giving the Beavers a 13-point lead, 22-9, at the 12:20 mark.
Oregon State would push its lead to 14 with 11:25 remaining in the opening stanza behind an aggressive offense attack and tenacious defense.
Jarmal Reid got the fans on their feet after a commanding block on Mike Moser at the rim with 9:28 left to play in the half. Moser tried attacking the hoop again at 8:39, only to be sent packing by Devon Collier.
Langston Morris-Walker nailed a three of his own at 6:02, giving the Beavers a 33-18 lead. Oregon would go on a 12-4 run from there that cut the Oregon State edge to seven going into the locker room.
At the intermission, the Beavers controlled a 37-30 lead behind a hard-nosed defensive effort that held Oregon to a 32.3 percent shooting performance in the opening half. Oregon State dominated on the glass, posting a 25-16 advantage on the boards. The Beavers also shot the ball well from behind the arc, cashing in on 5-of-7 from three-point land.
Nelson started the second half off right for Oregon State, converting on a hoop and harm to give the Beavers a 40-30 advantage early in the period. On the other end of the floor, Oregon State got a stop, fired back down court and found Brandt under the hoop, who dropped in a layup to push the Beavers lead to 12 only a minute into the final frame.
The Ducks would respond, going on a 10-4 run at the 17:05 mark behind an aggressive transition offense that freed up their shooters and brought them to within six, 46-40.
Cooke nabbed a steal and found Nelson up court, who converted on a layup with 14:30 to play, giving Oregon State a 50-40 edge. Moments later, Cooke nailed his third triple of the evening at 13:11, bringing the Beavers lead back to 10 and giving the raucous crowd something to cheer about.
Nelson cashed in another shot from downtown with 12:12 remaining in the final period, pushing the Oregon State advantage to 56-46.
With eight minutes remaining in the contest, Oregon trimmed the Beavers’ lead to eight, 63-55.
Moreland got the crowd to erupt at the 7:44 mark by pinning Amardi’s layup to the glass in transition for his third block of the night.
Brandt found Morris-Walker on the baseline and he dropped in a layup to advance the Beavers edge to 67-55 with just 6:07 left to play. Oregon continued to fight, cutting the Oregon State lead to seven, 67-60, at the 4:15 mark after a Calliste three.
After exchanging baskets, the Ducks converted on both shots of a 1-and-1 from the line, narrowing the Oregon State lead to 69-64.
Nelson delivered the finishing blow, converting on a layup off a perfect pass from Brandt, giving the Beavers a 73-66 edge that they would ride out from the free throw stripe for the final minute of the game.
Coming up next, the Beavers head north to face off against Washington State on Wednesday while the Ducks head to Seattle to take on Washington on Thursday.