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, presented by Pacific-Source Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores.
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.
Ducks unleash early barrage on OSU, then hang on to win
Courtesy: GoDucks.com: 02/16/2014
As Oregon's lead dwindled from 19 to 14, then 10 and then six, and finally just two with five minutes left in Sunday's Civil War, Duck fans would have been forgiven for thinking, "here we go again."
The UO men's basketball team was coming off consecutive two-point losses in Arizona, giving them five losses by a four points or fewer in Pac-12 play. The team that started 13-0, with three overtime wins, was a distant memory. The Ducks had been anything but clutch since the calendar flipped to 2014.
But a funny thing happened on the way to another narrow defeat. Oregon answered the bell. With the Beavers within 72-70, Oregon got stops on five of the next six OSU possessions, and went on a 12-3 run that provided enough cushion for a 93-83 victory before 10,013 fans in Matthew Knight Arena.
"I'm glad for the guys," UO coach Dana Altman said. "I'm glad they battled back. We got in that huddle and just said, 'Fellas, take a deep breath here. It still comes down to stops and rebounds; it still comes down to execution.' And I thought they did a good job."
The victory allowed Oregon (16-8, 4-8) to avenge an embarrassing loss in Corvallis earlier this season. More importantly, it set a positive tone to kick off a three-game homestand that continues Wednesday against Washington, and which is part of a bigger stretch of five home games out of the last seven to end the regular season.
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