No. 8 Duke holds off upset-minded Oregon State 54-51 in PK Legacy

Oregon State took No. 8 Duke to the limit, but the Beavers couldn’t stop Kyle Filipkowski or offensive rebounding as the Blue Devils pulled out a 54-51 win Thursday afternoon at the PK Legacy tournament in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Oregon State, a 21½-point underdog, had a lead deep in the second half and never trailed by more than three points during the final minutes. The Beavers (3-2) had a chance to send the game into overtime, as Glenn Taylor Jr. and Jordan Pope each missed game-tying three-pointers during the final five seconds.

Filipkowski scored 19 points, grabbed 14 boards to help the cold-shooting Blue Devils avoid a first-round upset. Duke shot just 27% from the floor (16 of 60), and even worse from three, just 5 of 29.

Oregon State couldn’t keep Duke (5-1) off the glass, particularly at the offensive end. The Blue Devils, second nationally in offensive rebounds, had 22, which led to 18 second-chance points.

Duke outrebounded Oregon State 45-29.

The Beavers fall to the consolation bracket, where they play the Xavier-Florida loser at 3 p.m. Friday at Moda Center. Duke faces the winner at 12:30 p.m.

Pope scored 14 points and Dexter Akanno 12 to lead the Beavers.

Oregon State set the tone with a solid first half, as Duke led 29-27 at halftime. The Beavers had the first half lead for more than nine minutes, including early in the game, when Dzmitry Ryuny and Pope combined for three three-pointers and a 9-5 lead.

Duke shot 10 of 31 during the opening half, but had a couple spurts that proved fruitful. The Blue Devils kept OSU scoreless for more than four minutes midway through the half, as Duke was able to secure a 16-11 lead. But Oregon State had a nice stretch after that. Back to back baskets by Rodrigue Andela and a corner three by Taylor put the Beavers up 19-18.

Oregon State had a chance for the halftime lead when Akanno hit a three for a 27-26 lead. But Jeremy Roach made a three as the shot clock expired to send the Blue Devils to the locker room with a halftime lead.

The second half couldn’t have started better for Oregon State. Duke missed its first seven shots, and the Beavers scored six straight to retake the lead at 33-29.

OSU didn’t let up. Duke struggled with its shooting, making just 2 of 13 during the first eight minutes of the second half. The Beavers built the lead to 40-34 on a post-up by Tyler Bilodeau with 11:37 remaining.

The Beavers had a growing problem, though, and that was fouls. Andela, Chol Marial and Bilodeau – OSU’s three most reliable bigs – went to the bench with four fouls each.

Duke pounced, led by the 7-foot Filipowski. The Blue Devils took a 48-45 lead with a 11-2 run, seven points coming from Filipowski.

Andela ended a near-four minute OSU scoreless drought with a layup that trimmed Duke’s lead to one point. Andela fouled out a minute later, but it didn’t impact Oregon State’s resolve.

Two free throws by Andela cut the Duke lead to 50-49 with 3:18 left, a score that didn’t change for more than two minutes.

Akanno had a chance to give OSU the lead with 58 seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

More on this game coming; check back

–Nick Daschel | | @nickdaschel

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