Corvallis, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Freshman Damyean Dotson scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to lead Oregon to a 79-66 victory over rival Oregon State Sunday in the 338th edition of the Civil War that opened Pac-12 play at Gill Coliseum.
The 6-5 Dotson hit eight of 15 shots and grabbed six boards while EJ Singler added 15 points and nine boards as the Ducks stormed to their third straight win and improved to 12-2.
Dotson eclipsed his previous career-high of 19 points, including the game-winning shot, against No. 18 UNLV last Nov. 23, 2012.
Dominic Artis had 11 points while Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi added eight markers each for the Ducks, who dominated the shaded lane with 46 points compared to 26 by the Beavers.
The Ducks also had a 16-9 edge in second-chance points, 18-10 in bench points and shot 49.2 percent from the floor compared to 41.7 percent by the Beavers.
Ahmad Starks scored 22 points and Roberto Nelson added 18 markers for the Beavers, who lost two of their last three games to drop to 10-4.
Devon Collier added 10 points and Eric Moreland had nine points, nine boards and three blocks for Oregon State, which led by 34-28 at the break.
Starks poured 10 points, Nelson had nine and Moreland had five points and eight boards in the first half.
In the second half, Dotson scored seven points in a 15-2 blast to give the Ducks a 43-36 lead, with 14:06 left in the game.
Collier then fired seven straight points to tie the game at 43 but Johnathan Loyd buried a three-pointer for a 46-43 Ducks lead.
A four-point swing by Starks gave the Beavers a 47-46 edge but it was short-lived as the Ducks scored nine unanswered points for a 55-47 advantage with 7:32 remaining. Minutes later, Dotson then sank three foul shots to pad the Ducks’ lead to 62-50.
The Beavers threatened for the last time, scoring seven straight points to cut the deficit to 62-57, with three minutes to go.
However, the Ducks retaliated with a 6-0 blast to wrap up the victory.