MBB: Behind Second Half Surge Oregon Pulls Away From Washington State

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)

Post-Game Audio

Head Coach Dana Altman

Senior Ehab Amin and Sophomore Kenny Wooten

NCU MBB: NCU Stunned In Nail-Biter To NU

In a game that saw close action throughout, it only made sense to watch it go down to the wire: the Eagles defeating the Beacons 98-93. The Beacons started out on fire from downtown, shooting 5-8 within the first ten minutes of the first half. Tyrus Hosley led the way with six threes on 6-10 shooting, he scored a total of 28 points on the night. After a NCU 45-40 lead at the break, the Eagles decided to join in on the shooting successes. NU shot 18-28 in the second half, an impressive 64.3 percent. Three Eagle’s exceeded 20 points, Josh Meyer with 22, Hussayn Ford with 21, and Nick Navarro with 24. It really was the Eagles second half success at the free throw line that led them to their victory, making 18 of their 24 attempts. Aggressive takes to the hoop and getting the Beacons in foul trouble is what pushed them over the mark to fight out the tough victory. Other than free throws, the only stat line that stood out in the clear advantage of one team was rebounds, otherwise the game was very even across the board. NU out rebounded NCU 38 to 27, often getting multiple attempts at the rim per possession in the second half. Moving to 15-7, this marks the third game in a row the Beacons have lost after a tough two losses to The College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. They look to bounce back Saturday in front of their home crowd when they face off against The Evergreen State College at 7:30 PM.

By: Ethan Wyss