Video: Eric Moreland's blocks vital in Oregon State win over USC
USC and Oregon State treated Pac-12 Network viewers to a thrilling wire-to-wire game, as the Beavers prevailed 76-75 in overtime and prevented Andy Enfield from earning his first road conference win as the Trojans' head coach.
In white-knuckle finishes like this, coaches can often point to a play from well before the final possessions that proved to be pivotal in deciding the game’s outcome, and this ballgame certainly offered that.
Down three points with 30 seconds left in the first half, Oregon State came up with two blocks from junior Eric Moreland to prevent the Trojans from scoring that one extra field goal heading into the locker room. Not only did it build a bit of momentum for the Beavers, it proved to be the difference in forcing overtime and earning a victory instead of falling to 3-5 in Pac-12 play. Had Moreland not stopped USC at the rim, they may come up short in forcing extra time.
In the same way football is a game of inches, basketball is often a game about key defensive stops, and the Beavers had a few timely ones on Thursday night.