Third Time A Charm

Behind the hot shooting of E.J. Singler, the Oregon Ducks beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 76-69 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in the first round of the Pac-10 Men's Tournament. Singler pumped in a career high 22 points including four bombs from behind the 3-point line to propel Oregon to the first win of the season over ASU in three tries.

(PHOTO) Arizona State's Trent Lockett, left, and Oregon's E.J. Singler fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Pacific-10 tournament, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Los Angeles. Oregon won the game, 76-69. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Oregon will face UCLA tomorrow evening in the quarterfinals.

The Ducks hot shooting and stingy defense controlled the tempo of the game all night and at one point in the second half Oregon led by as many as 20 points. Even though the Sun Devils made a run in the last five minutes of the game and cut Oregon's lead to just six it was Oregon aggressive defense that kept ASU off balanced all night.

The Ducks shot a season-high 57.9 percent (11-of-19) on 3-pointers. The previous season-best was 52.9 percent (9-of-17) in their road win over Stanford on Jan. 27.

It was the first 20-point effort of E.J. Singler's career at Oregon (63 career games). Singler has led the team in scoring six times in his three years with the Ducks, with all of those coming this year.

Singler shot a career-high 80 percent on 3-pointers (4-of-5), and matched a career-best with four made 3-pointers. His eight made field goals was also a career-high.

Oregon made seven 3-pointers in the first half (7-of-12, 58.3%), the most Oregon has made in the first 20 minutes of a game this season. It was also the highest 3-point field goal percentage the Ducks have produced in a first half this season.

The Ducks are now 10-3 on the season when the grab more rebounds and 11-4 overall when holding a lead at the half.

Tyrone Nared (nine rebounds) led the Ducks in rebounding for the sixth time this season. Four of those boards were of the offensive variety.

Malcolm Armstead reached double figures in scoring for the 12th time this season (27th time of his career).

Armstead (three steals) remains in sixth place all-time for career steals at Oregon (now with 131 steals in 62 games). He recently moved by Aaron Brooks who recorded 127 steals in 115 career games. Anthony Taylor ranks fifth with 147 steals in 115 career games.

Trent Lockett scored 22 points and Jamelle McMillan and Rihards Kuksiks added 11 points each for Arizona State (12-19), which swept the Ducks in the regular season, including a 73-53 win last Thursday.

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