Haynes, Beavers keep Ducks winless in Pac-10
CORVALLIS — Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said his team is good at making adjustments. It might have taken a half to do it Saturday, but it still got the Beavers a win.
Oregon State turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, particularly on Oregon guard Tajuan Porter, leading to a 57-54 Pacific-10 Conference win.
Oregon's Matthew Humphrey was off the mark on a shot from just inside halfcourt as time expired.
Calvin Haynes had 15 points and Omari Johnson added 14 for Oregon State (10-10, 4-5), which played in front of a near-sellout home crowd of 10,129 and has won four straight games.
Porter had a game-high 22 points for Oregon (6-15, 0-9). Porter scored 19 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers.
But the Beavers' 1-3-1 trapping zone defense held Porter to just three points in the second half.
"They stuck with what we do, and it was great to see," Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said of his team.
That same zone wasn't slowing down Porter in the first 20 minutes, and a move was made. The Beavers kept a closer eye on Porter, who was 1 of 5 after going 6 of 8 in the first half. "In the first half we couldn't do it, and we just re-emphasized it at halftime," Robinson said.
Oregon shot 8 of 23 from the field in the second half after making 12 of 23 shots in the first half. Oregon State was 19 of 39 for the game.
Oregon State's 4-5 conference mark is the best since the Beavers were also 4-5 in the 2002-03 season. Oregon State won no conference games last season. The Beavers broke a four-game losing streak in the rivalry series.
"We didn't want to lose the Civil War in front of the packed house we had," Johnson said. The Beavers opened the second half with a 14-4 run, scoring eight straight to go ahead 44-39 with 11:58 remaining.
Oregon State took the lead for good at 42-39 on Haynes' 3-pointer with 12:56 left. Roeland Schaftenaar's two free throws with 3:12 remaining gave the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 53-44.
But it was Schaftenaar's banked-in 3-pointer with two minutes left as the shot clock wound down that gave Oregon State the margin it would need. It put the Beavers ahead 56-50, allowing them to hold on despite missing five straight free throws in the final 1:20.
LeKendric Longmire's rebound and basket with 43 seconds remaining cut the Oregon deficit to four, but the Ducks didn't score again until Josh Crittle's dunk with one second left. Schaftenaar made one of two free throws before Humphrey's last try missed. "We won the first half, we lost the second half," Porter said.
Oregon coach Ernie Kent said his team had Oregon State off-balance in the first half, but that the Ducks went away from their game plan after halftime.
Oregon is coming off two straight NCAA tournament appearances but lost many of the players from those teams to graduation. The Ducks have eight freshmen on their current roster and four played Saturday.
"We knew it was going to be a process," Kent said. "We feel we're every bit as good to go win nine games right now."
Porter and Matthew Humphrey made consecutive 3-pointers to give Oregon a 15-10 lead. Porter later scored eight points in a 10-2 run that put the Ducks ahead 25-16. Late in the half, Porter had two more 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that gave Oregon its biggest lead of the half at 33-21.
Oregon had won 26 of the last 30 games in what is the most-contested series in NCAA Division I basketball. It was the 330th game between the two teams.
Oregon State leads the series 181-149.