The Oregon Men’s Basketball team defeated Washington State Sunday night 78-58. In a matchup of two teams looking to climb their way up the Pac-12 standings, Oregon was able to pull away in the second half.
Oregon started the game with Richardson at point guard, with Pritchard at shooting guard to try and create some more offense for the Ducks. However, it was Washington State that started off strong, hitting 10 of their first 12 shots from the field. Robert Franks, a senior, lead the way for WSU, with 15 points in the first half. Even though WSU shot 77% from the field in the first half, Oregon was able to keep pace, despite only connecting on just under 50% of their shots. During the first half Payton Pritchard dished out his third assist of the game en-route to becoming the 6th member of the 1,000 point and 400 assist club at Oregon. At the end of the first half, Louis King and Paul White had 9 and 8 points respectively, while Kenny Wooten had 6 points and a block. Heading into the second half WSU lead the Ducks 39-35.
Oregon came out firing in the second half, going on a 10-4 run to take the lead 45-44. During that run Louis King impressed many of the Oregon faithful with an emphatic dunk and a scoop and score to get the crowd engaged in the game. The Ducks and Cougars traded leads for the next few minutes, before Oregon was able to begin to pull. With under 6 minutes Oregon was able to gain their first double digit lead of the game and didn’t look back. With just under 2 minutes left in the game Oregon was able to extend its lead to a game high 20 points. Louis King lead all scorers with 22, while Wooten added a career high of 20 points. Paul White also chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. The Ducks shot 60% from the field in the second half to pull away from the Cougars.
Up Next: Oregon 12-8 (3-4) heads to Utah to take on the Utes 11-8 (5-2) on January 31st at 6 pm.
Game Story (Bill Braker)
Head Coach Dana Altman
Senior Ehab Amin and Sophomore Kenny Wooten