One Duck that did stand out was Robert Johnston who had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Johnston had 10 points from the free throw line. Luke Ridnour had 17 points and Anthony Lever had 14 points in the losing effort.
"They (Arizona State) really jumped on us," Head Coach Ernie Kent told the Oregon Sports Network after the game.
Oregon seemed to be leg weary from the start and the flow that was so smooth Friday night simply was not there in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. While the Ducks should have had a major advantage in size, the Sun Devils neutralized Oregon's advantage quickly with an aggressive offense that challenged the Oregon big men to get back on defense and hold their defensive position on defense. At one point the Ducks were on the brink of being blown out but Oregon managed to hold their composure and keep the game competitive. As time winded down the clock in the game the Ducks were forced to trade baskets, Arizona State also out rebounded Oregon 37-34.
"It came down to trading baskets and usually the home team has the advantage," said Kent.
Several players on both sides fouled out or were in series foul trouble. However upon reviewing the game Kent said, "when it is all said and done Arizona State had more energy then we did."
Oregon will return home to face California and Stanford next week. Despite the loss tonight the Ducks managed a split on the road and are now 10-4 for the season and 3-1 in the Pac-10 race. A strong performance next weekend should reestablish the Duck's confidence and no doubt they look forward to a noisy and raucous McArthur Court.