Beavers win Civil War at Matt Court, 76-71

Credit: AP Photo/Don Ryan

Oregon State forward Angus Brandt, right, drives on Oregon center Tony Woods during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 30 at 8:37 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State coach Craig Robinson put extra pressure on Jared Cunningham last week, telling his star guard it is up to him to lead the Beavers.

Cunningham responded Sunday against Oregon, though not right away. Cunningham scored 27 points, 24 of them in the second half, to lead Oregon State to a 76-71 victory over the Ducks.

"I told Jared, `Our best player will help us win games on the road,"' Robinson said. "So not only did he have the pressure he was putting on himself, but I put that added pressure."

Cunningham, who was 1 for 7 in the first half, hit 5 of 7 shots after the break and was 6 for 8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.

Cunningham was 12 for 15 from the line overall. He also had a team-high seven rebounds for the Beavers.

"I think I responded well," Cunningham said. "In the first half, I got two early fouls, so I just encouraged my teammates to keep it going and pick it up. Once the second half hit, I was a new person. I wanted to come out and just play hard. Coach gave me that freedom to play, and I took advantage of it."

The win ended a 12-game losing streak in Pac-12 road games for the Beavers (14-7, 4-5), who beat Oregon at home for only the second time in 19 games in the state rivalry known as the Civil War.

"We haven't won here very often," Robinson said. "It's hard to win here. . I'm still nervous coming down here."

Ahmad Starks added 15 points, Devon Collier 13 and Joe Burton 10 for the Beavers.

Devoe Joseph scored 26 points and E.J. Singler added 16 for Oregon (15-6, 6-3), which had a season-high 23 turnovers.

Trailing 73-70 in the final minute, the Ducks had a chance for a tie but Singler missed a 3-pointer and Oregon turned the ball over after getting the rebound.

"The second half was not one of our better efforts," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Our turnovers disappointed me most. We had some awful turnovers."

Oregon State trailed 28-23 at halftime and 45-39 with 13:11 left to play. But Oregon jumped out to a 36-27 lead three minutes into the second half, but the Beavers responded with a 12-3 run to tie it at 39 with 13:50 to play. Cunningham had seven points during that stretch, including one of his three 3-pointers.

"We came out with more energy in the second half and just grinded out until the end," Cunningham said.

Joseph, who was 8 for 16 from the field and 5 for 9 from the 3-point line, drained back-to-back 3s as the Ducks regained the lead, 45-39.

Oregon State answered with an 11-0 run, taking the lead for good on Starks' 3-pointer with 11:46 remaining.

After shooting 28 percent from the floor in the first half, the Beavers made 57 percent in the second half to finish at 42 percent for the game.

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