Ducks Finally Take Charge, Blowout Cougs

PULLMAN - A game with the last-place Washington State Cougars came at the perfect for Oregon, who ended a five-game skid in dominant fashion with a 71-44 win Sunday.

PULLMAN - A game with the last-place Washington State Cougars came at the perfect for Oregon, who ended a five-game skid in dominant fashion with a 71-44 win Sunday.

It was a simple winning equation for the Ducks: play better and play against a worse team. The combination set the Ducks up for their first conference win in three weeks, and their most dominant outing of the season.

The Ducks had their best statistic defensive and rebounding nights of the season.

WSU was just 10-for-40 from the field, and finished the game with just two made two-point field goals.

And after being beaten on the glass in four of their five losses, Oregon was absolutely dominant Sunday, nearly doubling up the Cougars 43-24. Starting posts Ben Carter and Mike Moser had nine rebounds a piece.

The Ducks still appeared a step slow offensively, especial from the pace they'd set in non-conference play. Jason Calliste led all scorers with 20 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 first half.

Joseph Young reached double figures with 10 points. Young who averaged over 20 points in the team's first 12 games, has been a slump in Pac-12 play. In seven games, he's shot just 24-for-68 from the field and 9-for-36 from three.

A Brett Boese three with less than a minute left prevented the game from being the largest margin of victory of the season. Oregon beat UC-Irvine by 28 points in December.

Oregon football player Arik Armstead saw his first court time of his career. The 6-foot-8 defensive lineman/forward scored on his first possession, and logged four minutes of play.

Oregon coach Dana Altman stuck with Artis and Carter in the starting line-up for the second game of the road trip.

Washington State made just four first-half field goals, and was without a second two-point field goal unit the final eight minutes of the game.


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