(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) dunks the ball in the second quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena. Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Joseph Young finished the night scoring 26 points, hauling in 10 rebounds and handing out eight assists on a night that saw the Oregon lead from the opening basket on.
Benjamin was scorching hot hitting 10-of-11 field goals including going 3-for-3 in 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points, a career high.
Young was 10-for-16 in FG shooting including sinking 3-of-5 3s. Young was also perfect at the free throw line hitting all six attempts. However, it was Young's overall game that stole the show as he not only ended up as Oregon leading rebounder, he was also was spreading the wealth around with his eight assists.
Jalil Abdul-Bassett contributed 11 points and Dillon Brooks had with freshman Roman Sorkin establishing his career best of eight points. Sorkin saw extended minutes along with Michael Chandler because of the absence of Jordon Bell, who was suspended for the game because of an on-campus incident earlier this week.
Washington State was woeful at times and was not up to the task, shooting only 37.3 percent for the game compared to Oregon's 54.7 percent FG shooting. Josh Hawkinson, who had been a huge thorn in Oregon's side scoring 26 points when the Ducks lost 108-99 to the Cougars on Jan. 15, but tonight finished with 14. DaVonte Lacy, battling fouls and a shoulder injury pitched in 13 points in limited minutes.
Hawkinson also had 11 rebounds.
Kent spent 13 seasons as Oregon's headman, leading the Ducks to two Elite-8 appearances is in his first year at Washington State and has so far this season resurrected the Cougars to respectability. WSU falls to 10-13 for the season and 4-7 in conference play, though many had written WSU this season to celler-dweller status.
Oregon is now 17-7 for the year and 7-4 in conference play with a legitimate shot at winning 20 plus games for the season, which would be Head Coach Dana Altman's fifth straight year Oregon has won at least 20 games for the year.
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