Las Vegas, NV – Jacob Young took over primary point guard duties for Oregon today with starting guard Will Richardson unavailable for the Pac-12 Tournament. Young led Oregon to an 86-72 opening round win over Oregon State with 23 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals. He pushed the pace and helped provide one of the better offensive efforts for the Ducks this season.
Young received help from N’Faly Dante and Quincy Guerrier. Dante played one of his better games of the year scoring 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking five shots. The only shot Dante missed was a slam dunk attempt that bounced off the back rim. Guerrier added 20 points, hitting 3-of-7 from deep and shot 7-of-11 overall. Eric Williams Jr. was also active adding 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Jerod Lucas led the Beavers with 22 points, making 3-of-6 3s.
Oregon played one of their better offensive first half’s this season. They took a 43-36 lead over the Beavers as Young played as the primary initiator and scored 11 points, adding eight assists and four rebounds. Dante was active inside scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Oregon ran out to a 12-0 lead before the Beavers came back and reduced the deficit to one point (15-14). Oregon then turned it around and went on a 17-8 run to take a 32-22 lead. Lucas shot well for Oregon State, scoring 13 points on 4-of-6 from the field. The Ducks had 13 assists on 17 made baskets, their best assist to made basket ratio for a half in the season.
Oregon State closed within three points four times in the first ten minutes of the second half before the Ducks asserted control. A Guerrier three-pointer extended their lead to 68-60, then five points from Williams Jr., including a three-pointer helped expand the lead to 13 points. Oregon coasted to the win from there.
Oregon had 19 assists against only nine turnovers and enjoyed a +6 rebounding advantage. The No. 5-seeded Ducks (19-13) go on to face No. 4-seeded Colorado in the second game tomorrow afternoon. Oregon State finishes their season with a 3-28 record, losing their last 18 games and all their games in 2022.
In the first game Arizona State looked like they had the game won until they didn’t Stanford went on a 16-1 run to close out the game and took away a 71-70 win. James Keefe scored on a jumper in the paint as time expired to give the Cardinal the win. Stanford’s run came in the final three minutes of the game. The Sun Devils had taken a 69-55 lead on a Kimani Lawrence dunk with 3:01 remaining. Stanford would then reel off 11 straight points. After a Sun Devil free throw, Spencer Jones hit a three-pointer for the Cardinal with 42 seconds left to cut the deficit to one point. A missed shot inside by ASU’s Jalen Graham set the stage for Keefe’s heroics.
Jones led the Cardinal with 26 points, hitting 6-of-12 from deep and added six rebounds. Keefe played a solid game inside, adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. DJ Horne led with Sun Devils with 21 points, connecting on 5-of-12 from deep. The Sun Devils shot 15-of-28 3s in the game but couldn’t hold on for the win. Stanford had a 43-33 edge on the boards and a 32-16 edge in points in the paint. Stanford goes on to play top-seeded Arizona in tomorrow’s first game.