The most-contested rivalry in the nation was on full display on a stormy Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon. It was everything a Civil War rivalry brings: loud crowds, boos, and intensity on both ends of the court.
After taking round one in Eugene on January 5th, the Oregon State Beavers looked to protect home court and claim their first Civil War series sweep since the 2009-2010 season over the Oregon Ducks. And that they did. A dominant 20-point performance from senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr., as well as the Beavers bench stepping up big (Gligorije Rakocevic with 10 points and Alfred Hollins with eight off the bench).
Oregon State completes the Civil War sweep with a 72-57 victory over the Oregon Ducks in front of a sea of black and orange.
Here are some quick thoughts from our Ducks insider Bri Amaranthus and field producer Ashley Young at the game…
Bri Amaranthus: This Civil War game feels like a rivalry. A potentially season-defining game for both teams, who both are fighting for a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Gill Coliseum sold out for the first time since the 2015-16 season and it looked like less than 100 Ducks fans made the trip to Corvallis. Freshman Louis King had his first “welcome to Corvallis” moment. It’s safe to say the Oregon State faithful do no like King after he scored 11 points in as many minutes, a litany of boos and chants rained down on him.
Bri Amaranthus: Each team had an uncharacteristic stat that plagued its play. The Ducks turned the ball over 18 times and Oregon State scored 14 points off those turnovers. Before this game, Oregon had the 4th best turnover margin in the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavers did not shoot well at the free throw line until the end of the game, finishing 13-of-21. The Beavers entered the game shooting 74 percent from the free throw line, the best percentage in program history since 1976.
Ashley Young: Remember that Oregon full court press that was swarming in the first Civil War back in January? Yeah, it was not as effective this go around. The Ducks generated just one turnover off their press, that lead to a Victor Bailey breakaway dunk, but Oregon State prepared well for it this time.
Check back on our site later for more on the game and locker room video.