Oregon looking to regain momentum Monday against Oregon State after long layoff

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Quincy Guerrier, right, celebrates a shot and foul against Baylor with teammates Franck Kepnang, left, and Will Richardson, center, during the first half. Saturday Dec. 18, 2021.
Quincy Guerrier, right, celebrates a shot and foul against Baylor with teammates Franck Kepnang, left, and Will Richardson, center, during the first half. Saturday Dec. 18, 2021.

Barring any game-day setbacks, Oregon will return to the court Monday for the first time since New Year’s Day.

Oregon State will be shaking off some rust as well.

Both teams have played just one game in 19 days, with each beating Utah for their first Pac-12 wins of the season.

The Beavers' 88-76 victory came Dec. 30 at Gill Coliseum.

The Ducks beat the Utes 79-66 on Jan. 1 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Both teams have been idle ever since, thanks to the holiday break and COVID-19 protocols.

Oregon (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12) had to go into COVID-19 protocol last week, which led to the postponement of games against Colorado on Jan. 3 and Oregon State (3-10, 1-2) this past Saturday.

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Monday’s rescheduled game is at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

No doubt the Ducks would like to regain some of the momentum it was building as 2021 came to a close.

They were 5-6 on Dec. 15 and coming off back-to-back final-shot losses to Stanford and Arizona State. But Oregon has gone 3-1 since with wins against Portland, Pepperdine and Utah, along with a 78-70 loss to No. 1 Baylor, a game Oregon led at halftime.

“Our last couple of games, it’s been coming together slowly,” said point guard Will Richardson after the win against the Utes, a game in which he had a career-high 26 points. “A step in the right direction isn’t always a win, you know? So it’s been coming together slowly and tonight we just added on to it.”

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It has been a frustrating season so far for Oregon State, which won the Pac-12 Tournament last season and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

The Beavers beat Portland State in its season-opener but then lost 10 straight before finally getting back in the win column with an 83-61 victory against Nicholls on Dec. 21. Their Pac-12 losses have come at California and at home against Arizona.

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Oregon at Oregon State

Projected Oregon (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12) starters

De'Vion Harmon, 6-2, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Will Richardson, 6-5, Sr. (13.6 ppg, 3.6 apg)

Jacob Young, 6-3, Sr. (10.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

Quincy Guerrier, 6-8, Jr. (8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

N'Faly Dante, 6-11, Jr. (8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

Projected Oregon State (3-10, 1-2) starters

Jarod Lucas, 6-4, Jr. (13.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Warith Alatishe 6-8, Sr. (11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

Dashawn Davis, 6-2, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 4.9 apg)

Roman Silva, 7-1, Sr. (4.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Dexter Akanno, 6-5, Jr. (3.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Time: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Gill Coliseum, Corvallis

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/KUJZ-FM (95.3)

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