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Chris Boucher hits six 3-pointers in a game mostly without Dillon Brooks

Normally when the best player on the team is lost for the game and then the leading scorer goes cold it is terrible news. However, the Oregon Ducks, behind the hot shooting of Chris Boucher, overwhelmed the Washington State Cougars, 85-66 in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday afternoon.

Boucher finished the game with a career high 29 points, hitting six 3-pointers along the way. The Ducks for the night was deadly outside the 3-point arc going 13-for-25 in 3’s. Boucher also hauled in eight rebounds and blocked three shots.

The game looked like it was going to be a disaster for the Ducks when Dillon Brooks was ejected on a Flagrant II foul, after he kicked WSU’s Josh Hawkinson after Brooks was toppled to the floor on a hard rebound.

The game officials disqualified Brooks based on an NCAA rule that states a Flagrant II foul must be called when a player is kicked in the groin.

To add to Oregon’s troubles, Tyler Dorsey, the hero of Ducks' win over Washington last Wednesday night, went the entire game without scoring.

Following the ejection of Brooks, the Ducks struggled and WSU took the lead but Oregon was able to tie the game when the first half ended.

When play resumed in the second half, Dylan Ennis found the range hitting four 3-pointers and finished the night with 17 points, and then Boucher turned on the heat. From about the middle of the second half until about the 3:10 mark when a TV timeout was called, the Ducks rolled and appeared to put on a clinic.

 Jordan Bell, who had been saddled with three fouls, played nearly flawlessly in the second half and ended the game with 11 points and four assists. Oregon inside defense was particularly tough as the Cougars could not get to the hoop because of the rim protectors consisting of Bell, Boucher, Kavell Bigby-Williams and Roman Sorkin.

Washington State was led by Ike Iroegbu’s 12 while Charles Callison added 11. Malachi Flynn and Hawkinson both had 10 for the game.

Oregon shot 54.2 percent on 32-for-59 field goal shooting including the 13 scored shots from 3-point range. The Ducks were somewhat cooler from the free throw line hitting 8-of-14 free throws or 57.1 percent.

WSU was 26-of-52 or 50 percent in field goal shooting including 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) in 3s and were 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Oregon had a 30-28 rebounding edge but had three more turnovers (18-15).

With the win the Ducks improve to 15-2 for the year and 4-0 in conference play while the Cougars are now 9-6 for the year and 2-1 in the conference.

Official Box Score from GoDucks.com

 

 

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