Ducks Pull Away at End to Capture Win 18

The Oregon Ducks notched the 18th win of the season by downing the Washington State Cougars 78-69 at Matthew Knight Arena on the campus of the University of Oregon. The Ducks were led by E.J. Singler's 23 points as Oregon pulled away in the closing minutes of the tightly contested game.

Oregon made a season-high 11 3-point shots as E.J. Singler's 23 points paced the scoring while three other Oregon men were in double figures. Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim each had 16 while Carlos Emory added 12 for the Ducks.

The game was close all afternoon long and in fact the Ducks battled back from a six-point deficit at 26-20 to go on a 16-7 run in the final 8:53 to take a three point lead (36-33) into halftime.

In the second half Oregon was four-of-seven in 3-point shooting and was 50 percent in field goal shooting and was 14-of-17 from the free throw line to help ensure the win.

The game saw 13 ties and nine lead changes, with the last coming on a 3-pointer by Sim with 6:00 to play that put the Ducks up 61-58.

Overall, Oregon made 11-of-20 3-pointers and all four of the second half 3-pointers came in the final six minutes of play.

Brock Motum scored 17 to pace the Cougars (13-12, 5-8). Mike Ladd added 13 points and Reggie Moore also scored 12.

Oregon's record is now 18-7 for the year and 9-4 in Pac-12 Conference play, which is the most in conference play since going 9-9 in 2008.


- The Ducks improved to 13-3 at Matt Arena this year … Oregon led by three points at halftime and is 14-3 this year when holding that advantage … UO is 11-2 on the year in games decided by fewer than 10 points.

- E.J. Singler (23 points) led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season. It was the third time this year he's scored 20 or more points.

- Singler (987 career points) is now just 13 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

- Devoe Joseph (16 points) reached double-figures in scoring for the 11th straight game.

- The Cougars led by as many as six points in the first half (two occasions), while Oregon's largest first-half lead was five points (36-31 at 0:51).

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