Ducks have edge in Civil War victory
CORVALLIS — Elgin Cook scored 17 points to lead Oregon past Oregon State 65-62 on Wednesday night in a hotly contested rivalry game.
Joseph Young added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Ducks (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12), who have won five in a row.
Malcolm Duvivier scored 18 points and Gary Payton II had 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals for the Beavers (17-13, 8-10), who have lost six of seven.
Oregon State pulled to within one with 34 seconds left after a Duvivier layup, but Oregon made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. The Beavers committed two costly turnovers in the final 1:30.
The Beavers have no seniors on the roster, but first-year coach Wayne Tinkle started five walk-ons for the final home game of the regular season. Those players might not be on the team next season due to a strong recruiting class.
Oregon State trailed 3-0 when the starters took the floor 28 seconds in. The Ducks pushed the lead to 8-0 before Duvivier sank a 3-pointer at the 17:58 mark.
Oregon went cold from the floor, and Oregon State led 28-19 with 5:05 left, but Young responded with eight straight points.
The score was tied 32-all at halftime, and the second half was a back and forth affair.
With the score tied at 52, Dwayne Benjamin sank a 3-pointer for the Ducks with 3:48 left. Oregon State turned the ball over near halfcourt on the next possession, leading to a Dillon Brooks layup.
The Beavers pulled to within one, but Cook scored a layup with 1:45 remaining, though he missed the ensuing free throw.
Oregon State: The Beavers needed a win to go .500 in conference play for the second time in 25 years. . Payton received a technical foul for a forearm during a rebound scrum late in the first half.
Oregon: The Ducks can finish no worse than third place in the Pac-12, and Oregon has clinched a bye in the conference tournament. . Entering the game, Young ranked fifth in the nation in free throw percentage at 91.3 percent. He made 6 of 6 on Wednesday.
The Beavers and Ducks play next week in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.