Oregon senior guard Garrett Sim grew up in a Oregon State family. Multiple family members went on to star in multiple sports at OSU. So on Sunday evening the senior went rogue on OSU to the tune of 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 4-of-7 from deep to power the Oregon Ducks (20-8, 11-5) to a 74-73 victory at Oregon State.
Oregon State's student section booed him all night long and yet Sim kept draining big basket after big basket in a career night for the senior playing in his final Civil War barring an OSU match-up in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Fellow senior Olu Ashaolu chipped 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Ducks.
Ashaolu was fouled by Angus Brandt with just nine seconds left in the game and the Ducks leading just 73-71. Two free throws and the game was all but over.
Ashaolu gave life to OSU making one of two.
With time winding down OSU sophomore Devon Collier shot an open three but missed and the ball bounced straight up into the air. Sweeping in was junior Jared Cunningham who threw down a slam-dunk to make it 74-73 with just two seconds left.
The Ducks would find junior Carlos Emory wide open down the court who held onto the ball for the final two seconds and the game was over.
It was Sim though who kept the Ducks alive all game while senior Devoe Joseph and junior E.J. Singler struggled in the first half combining for just eight points in the first half.
OSU's fans targeted Sim all game long with boos when he was called for a technical foul for hitting Cunningham with an elbow during a timeout.
But it never got into Sim's head all game long as he knocked down shot after shot and dagger after dagger.
Late into the game Sim had a loose ball roll to him in the corner and he nailed the jumper and became the Ducks' 32nd player to join the 1,000-point club. Sim finished the game with 1,001 career points.
Joseph and Singler both came alive in the second half for the Ducks and it was there Oregon saw themselves separate from OSU.
Singler finished the game with 16 points and Singler had 13 despite battling foul trouble all game.
Sophomore guard Ahmad Starks kept the Beavers in the game all night as he led Oregon State with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-5 from three. Junior center Angus Brandt added 16 points while Devon Collier added seven points and 11 rebounds.
Junior center Tony Woods had the lone blocked shot for Oregon but that block had some historic meaning to it. Woods now has 43 blocks on the season which is now the most all time in a single season at Oregon. Woods was tied with Blair Rasmussen at 42.
Junior Carlos Emory added four points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Oregon will play Thursday night in Matthew Knight Arena against Colorado at 7:30 pm.
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