Sun Devils cool off Ducks.

Oregon was on fire Friday night against Arizona but against Arizona State the heat was off as the Ducks lost 95-88. Oregon ended up with five players in double figures but the 3-point shot seemed to abandon the Ducks when it most counted.

For the game the Ducks allowed the Sun Devils to shoot 57% from the floor and uncharacteristically much of the Devils scoring were layins. For much of the game the Ducks could not cut a seven-point lead though in the final two minutes Oregon sliced the ASU lead to one point. The tale of the game could be revealed in the shooting percentages as Arizona State shot 57% from the field while Oregon shot a mediocre 42% from the field. ASU's Chad Prewitt seemed to hit everything he threw up in the second half and ended up as the game's leading scorer with a career high 27 points. Luke Jackson had 19 points for Oregon before fouling out late in the second half. Frederick Jones also fouled out for the Ducks and saw limited duty during the game and was held to 15 points.

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.


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