Oregonians play key roles in Civil War

2011-01-22T21:30:00Z 2015-03-25T18:08:43Z Oregonians play key roles in Civil WarBy Kevin Hampton, Gazette-Times reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

E.J. Singler knew his parents, Ed and Kris, were rooting for the Oregon men's basketball team to win Saturday's Civil War game at Oregon State.

But if it's football or any other sport, they're rooting for Oregon State.

As an Oregonian with family on both sides of the fence, Singler knows better than most how much the Civil War means to fans in the state.

"It's one of the longest rivalry games out there, so there's a lot of tension between Ducks and Beavers," Singler said.

"It just means a lot to a lot of people."

So it's no surprise that Singler played a big part in Oregon's 63-59 Pacific-10 Conference win over the Beavers in Gill Coliseum.

Singler hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and led the Ducks with 16 points. He also snagged six rebounds.

"It feels really good," he said. "It means a lot and it just feels really good to get this win right now."

He was particularly relieved after missing two free throws with 27 seconds left with the Ducks clinging to a 61-57 lead.

The Beavers missed a 3-pointer and did not score until nine seconds to go.

"Those two free throws are haunting me right now," Singler said. "If we would have lost, I don't know what I would have done."

Portland native Lathen Wallace nearly made sure it didn't come down to missed free throws.

Wallace singlehandedly ate up a chunk of a 17-point deficit at the end of the first half, scoring the final seven points of the half as OSU finished the half on an 8-0 run.

Wallace then hit back-to-back 3s early in the second half to cap a 12-0 run and give the Beavers a 40-38 lead. He led the Beavers with 15 points.

"I just came out playing my hardest and hopefully we won, but we didn't," Wallace, who went to Jefferson High in Portland, said. "But I just gave it all I had."

Garrett Sim also has been around the OSU-UO rivalry since growing up in Portland.

Sim, a junior guard from Sunset High, hit three 3s and finished with 15 points.

His final 3-pointer gave the Ducks a 54-50 lead.

Like Singler, he has Beavers in the family.

"This is huge," Sim said. "This is a big game, representing the state of Oregon. I've lived in this rivalry my whole life, so I know how important it is between not only the players but just the whole state.

"It's fun to be on top and have the bragging rights for now."

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