CORVALLIS - Phillip Ricci was Oregon's target as the Ducks vie for the postseason.

The Ducks were successful, holding Ricci to just nine points, and Oregon cruised to a 80-63 victory over Oregon State Saturday night.

"In order to get to the tournament, you've got to win on the road," said Oregon's Luke Ridnour, who led all players with 18 points and nine assists.

Ricci, who was leading the Beavers with 17.4 points a game, was just 3-for-14 from the floor.

"We wanted to keep the ball out of his hands a lot and double-team him when he got the ball," Oregon center Brian Helquist said. "We got lots of fouls, but it worked very well."

The Ducks (17-6, 7-5) have won nine straight against the Beavers and 19 of the last 20 meetings between the two teams. Earlier this season, Oregon downed the Beavers 79-68 at McArthur Court in Eugene.

Oregon State (11-10, 4-8) trailed by as many as 21 points for its third straight loss. Brian Jackson led the Beavers with 15 points and eight rebounds.

"In this particular game it was a matter of difference in the skill level," Beavers' first-year coach Jay John said. "We've got some younger guys. Right now they are bigger and stronger."

The Beavers closed to within 67-55 on Lamar Hurd's jumper with 10:06 left, but it was the closest they'd come in the second half.

The Ducks took the lead early but the Beavers came within 28-24 on Jackson's free throws with 6:10 left before halftime. Andre Joseph responded with a 3-pointer and the Ducks took it away from there to lead 47-28 at the half.

Ridnour hit a pair of free throws with 3:25 to go in the first half, giving him 49 straight to tie Ryan Mendez's Pacific-10 Conference season record set in 2001 at Stanford. Ridnour broke the mark with 6:05 to go in the second half by hitting another pair.

The junior guard now has 51 straight successful foul shots. He has not missed a free throw since the Ducks played Arizona State Jan. 4.

Andre Joseph and James Davis each pitched in 16 points for Oregon.

"Oregon was able to shoot the basketball and we weren't," John said. "They knew who our leading scorer and rebounder was and they went after him."

The basketball Civil War has been played 318 times, the most of any rivalry in Division I. The two schools first met in 1903.

One notable absence Saturday was Beavers' football coach Dennis Erickson, who Tuesday left Oregon State for the San Francisco 49ers. Erickson attended many of the games at Gill Coliseum, usually sitting a few rows back of the visitors' bench.

Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis, another familiar figure at home games, was also absent.

De Carolis was not on campus, reportedly because he was in San Diego interviewing New Orleans Saints assistant Mike Riley for the vacant football post.


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