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Oregon's Malcolm Armstead drives to the basket between Oregon State's Daniel Deane, left, and Roberto Nelson during Saturday's game. - AP

Season Sweep

EUGENE — It was Jay-R Strowbridge's birthday Saturday and the Oregon senior celebrated with a career day.

Strowbridge scored a career-high 26 points and the streaking Ducks hit a season-best 13 3-pointers to defeat Oregon State 82-63 and continue their ascent up the Pac-10 Conference standings.

"We believe in each other now," said Strowbridge, 23, whose previous high was 18. "We believe and can see that hard work pays off."

Joevan Catron and E.J. Singler added 13 points apiece for Oregon (14-12, 7-7 Pac-10), which opened the season 0-4 in conference play. The Ducks have won seven of their last 10 games and are now in fourth place, behind No. 12 Arizona, UCLA and Washington.

The win also gave the Ducks a season sweep of the Civil War series for the first time since 2008.

"I'm happy for the guys," first-year Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "December was a rough month ... but for the guys to gather themselves and do this is a testament to how bad they wanted to win."

Strowbridge was 10 for 16 from the floor with a career-high six 3-pointers on nine attempts.

"I was just in the flow of the game and my teammates found me," said Strowbridge, who became the only Oregon player besides Catron to reach the 20-point mark this season.

Oregon State (9-16, 4-10), which trailed by 18 in the first half, pulled within 48-39 with 14:06 left in the game. But Strowbridge hit 3-pointers on three straight Oregon possessions to spark a run of six straight 3s by the Ducks that put them up 66-46 with 8:46 to play.

"Jay-R was on fire today and everyone knew it," said Singler, a South Medford graduate who led Oregon with seven rebounds. "That's what good teams do; they recognize it and get the ball to the person with the hot hand, and he definitely had it today."

Malcolm Armstead, a starter through the first 14 games this season, gave the Ducks a spark off the bench with nine points and a career-high 13 assists — tying him for the best single-game mark in the conference this season with Washington's Isaiah Thomas.

Overall, the Ducks had 19 assists on 25 field goals.

"That's pretty good," Altman said. "It started with Malcolm. He just made play after play after play."

Armstead sparked a 25-4 first-half run when he hit a jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions. Teondre Williams also drained back-to-back 3s during that run, which put Oregon up 27-10 at the 9:14 mark.

A 3-pointer by Johnathan Loyd with 4:19 to play before halftime gave the Ducks a 37-19 lead and they went into the break up 42-29.

Lathan Wallace had 17 points off the bench for the Beavers, who have lost four straight games since upsetting then-No. 20 Washington on Feb. 3.

"The light bulb could come on and we're hoping it does," Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said. "We have to do some soul-searching and see what we want to do with the rest of the season."

The Beavers could never get into a rhythm offensively on Saturday. They shot 37 percent from the field, made just 4 of 21 3-point attempts and had 19 turnovers.

Their defense, which leads the nation with 10.1 steals per game, had just one steal in the first half and four total.

"We have a real young group and they're playing the majority of the minutes," said Robinson, who starts two freshmen and two sophomores. "I don't want them to get discouraged."

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