Beavers, Ducks gain Pac-12 honors

Oregon State's Nelson repeats as conference scoring leader and is again left off the first team
Arizona's T.J. McConnell defends a drive by Oregon State's Roberto Nelson (55) during an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)AP

CORVALLIS — Oregon State and Oregon each placed players on the all-Pac-12 Conference second team and had several others players recognized by a vote of the conference coaches, the league announced Monday.

Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Monday.

The Beavers' Roberto Nelson and the Ducks' Joseph Young made the second team.

OSU's Eric Moreland was defensive honorable mention for the second consecutive year, and Hallice Cooke received all-freshman honorable mention.

Oregon's Mike Moser — the conference's player of the week — also earned honorable mention.

Arizona dominated in the voting. Guard Nick Johnson was named player of the year, Aaron Gordon won the award for top freshman and Sean Miller was honored as coach of the year.

In other awards, Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski won defensive player of the year, and Stanford guard Anthony Brown is the most improved player.

Johnson averaged 16.1 points and 2.8 assist per game to lead Arizona to a first-place finish and No. 4 national ranking at the end of the regular season. He is the seventh Arizona player to win the award with Derrick Williams being the most recent in 2010-11.

Nelson received honorable mention last season after leading the conference in scoring in league games (19.1). He led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games (20.1) again this season and sits atop the conference in all games at 20.6.

Nelson also leads the Beavers in assists, steals, 3-point field goals and minutes played.

Since 1955, there have only been two other players who led the Pac-12 in scoring who didn't receive first-team honors (Steve Puidokas of Washington State in 1975 and Brock Motum of Washington State in 2013).

Nelson scored 15 points against Arizona State in the regular-season finale and passed A.C. Green (1,694 career points) to move into fourth on Oregon State's all-time scoring list with 1,700 career points. He's just the 53rd player in Pac-12 history to reach the 1,700-point mark.

He was named the conference player of the week two times this season.

Moreland earned defensive mention once again after finishing second in the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.4) and third in blocked shots (2.0) in league games. He missed the 12 nonconference games for a violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-10 forward became the career blocked shots leader at Oregon State this season (he now has 181) and moved into fifth on Oregon State's all-time rebounding list with 744. He has a chance to become just the third Oregon State player to average double-figure rebounds in multiple seasons (he averaged 10.6 boards last year).

Cooke became a starter 15 games into the season and is currently second in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.3 percent (38-for-82). His 38 3-pointers are the fourth most by a freshman in Oregon State history (Angelo Tsagarakis holds the record with 45).

The freshman is second on the team in assists (72) and steals (26) and scored a career-high 20 points against UCLA, the most by an Oregon State freshman since Nelson had 34 at Arizona State on March 5, 2011.

Since being a starter, Cooke is averaging 9.0 points per game, the fourth-best total on the team. He averaged 5.9 points in 14 games as a reserve.

Oregon's Young, a junior from Houston, Texas, leads the Ducks and ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 18.2 points per game. The transfer from the University of Houston is also the conference leader in free throw percentage (.892), ranks third in 3-pointers per game (2.2), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.406) and fifth in steals (1.4 per game).

Moser, a senior transfer from UNLV, leads Oregon and is seventh in the Pac-12 in rebounding at 8.2 per game. He also ranks 17th in scoring (13.7 per game), 10th in 3-pointers per game (1.7) and 12th in steals (1.2 per game).

For the weekly honor, Moser, from Portland, averaged 16.0 points and 13.5 rebounds to lead Oregon to its second-straight weekend sweep as the Ducks defeated Arizona State and No. 3 Arizona. Oregon finished the regular season on a seven-game win streak with the two victories.

In the 85-78 win over Arizona State, the senior posted 22 points and 17 rebounds, just three rebounds shy of becoming the first Duck in 37 years to have a 20-point, 20-rebound performance. Moser went 9 of 11 from the free-throw line and 6 of 11 from the field.

In the 64-57 upset victory over Arizona, Moser posted his fourth-straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the first Duck to accomplish such a feat since 2007. He added four steals assist against the Wildcats.

Seventh seed Oregon and 10th seed Oregon State square off in the Pac-12 tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday.



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