Ducks Out of Gas and Drop 108-99 Loss at WSU

The Oregon Ducks playing short handed and in foul trouble for much of the game dropped a 108-99 loss in overtime to the former headman in Eugene, Ernie Kent and his new team, the Washington State Cougars. Joseph Young was the leading scorer in the game with 32 points and Elgin Cook had 26 in the losing effort.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) makes a basket against the Washington State Cougars during the first half at Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks seemed a step slower at times compared to the revamped Cougars and trailed Washington State 57-52 at halftime. Oregon for most of the night was hampered by foul problems that eventually claimed Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks to disqualification in the second half after having committed five fouls each. Additionally, Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassett also had four fouls each.

Despite the foul problems and missing Michael Chandler who was left in Eugene with a case of the flu, Oregon rallied from the halftime deficit and tied the game on a Cook layin with a great assist by Young in the final moments of regulation play to send the game into overtime.

Once in overtime though, the Cougars scored 12 points from the free throw line as the Ducks scraped for the ball and committed after being unable to score baskets of their own.

WSU sophomore Josh Hawkinson finished the night with 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the WSU attack. DaVonte Lacy added 24 while Ike Iroegbu had 20.

Overall Oregon shot 48.7 percent in field goal shooting on 38-of-78 shooting including 9-of-21 (46.9 percent) in three-point shooting and were 14-of-20 from the free throw line.

WSU was more successful shooting the ball hitting 33-of-56 (58.9 percent) and 14-of-24 in three-pointers. The Cougars ended up hitting 28-of-37 in free throw shooting.

The win drops the Ducks to 2-2 in conference play and 12-5 overall. WSU improves to 3-1 in conference play and and 9-7 for the season.

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