(PHOTO) University of Oregon Ducks forward Elgin Cook (23) drives to the basket against Washington State Cougars forward Derrien King (0) during the second half at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks won 76-62. Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon led the entire game and set the tone of the contest by racing to a 17-3 lead. Washington State managed stay even with the Ducks after the initial burst of scoring and went into halftime trailing 42-27.
“We jumped out and really came out strong, I think it was 17-3 there out of the gates," said Oregon's Dana Altman of the gaame. "We really did a good job there. Our activity was good, we got a couple of turnovers and baskets, so I was very pleased with the way we started.”
Oregon shot 41.9 percent in field goal shooting on 26-of-62 including 7-of-19 in 3-point shooting and
17-of-20 from the free throw line.
WSU kept contact in the second half but was never closer than 11, WSU shot 43.6 percent on 24-of-55 shooting including 9-for-20 in 3-pointers and was 5-of-8 in free throws.
“First of all, I want to talk about Oregon. Dana (Altman)’s team reminds me of (my 2007) team where they have skill all over the floor, they can spread you out and beat you off the bounce, everybody can score," said Ernie Kent. "He’s (Altman) got a really, really nice squad. If they continue to defend and keep their heads focused the right way, they have a chance. That team has a chance to win this thing, close it out and have a chance to do some damage in the tournament too, because they’ll get an excellent seed."
With the loss Washington State drops to 9-19 for the year and 1-15 in the conference.
Oregon faces Washington on Sunday with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Pacific)