The Ducks have no one but themselves to blame for this one. While they seemingly had a stranglehold on the game early in the second half, it quickly disenengrated into a series of missed free throws and poor decision making.
Arizona State guard Steve Moore keyed a second half run for the Sun
scoring 17 of his 22 points in the pivotal half. While Moore got hot,
Oregon's shooters cooled off. The Ducks managed only three points in
last seven minutes and gave themselves no chance to catch the Sun
missing six key free throws down the stretch on their way to a 6-16
from the line. Their offensive execution was also hampered by 19
compared to ASU's six.
The game started well for the Ducks with Malik Hairston picking up
left off in Thursday's career game versus Arizona, scoring eight of
first 10 points as the Ducks took an early 10-2 lead. Oregon kept the
Devils in the rearview mirrow taking a 30-25 lead into the half, while
shooting 43% from the field, including 5-11 from three point range.
The Ducks seemed to take control of the game early in the second half
opening the half with a 9-0 run, extending their lead to 14. But then
came unraveled. Insert Moore, the streaky guard, who began to assert
himself, keying a 17-4 run. Moore drove to the basket and hit a series
nifty shots, including two three-pointers, during the pivotal stretch.
All-Conference post man Ike Diogu was too much for the Oregon big men
handle, and he was clutch down the stretch, with powerful moves to the
basket, and key free throws. Diogu contributed 23 points with 9
"This is a frustrating loss," coach Ernie Kent said. "I thought we had
complete control of the game, but they out-toughed us down the stretch.
free throw shooting continues to haunt us."
Point guard Aaron Brooks was the lone bright spot for the Ducks in the
second half, scoring on a series of tough drives to the basket. Brooks
scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, yet his play was
erratic again committing six turnovers, after a 10 turnover night
Brooks also managed to connect on only 1-5 shots from behind the arc.
For a team that seems to be on the verge of something special, the
meltdowns have been frustrating. Time is running out on Oregon's
a trip to the postseason seems less and less likely with each loss.
only four league games left for the Ducks, the margain for error in
eligible for the Pac-10 tournament is getting awfully tight. They
game behind Cal for the eighth spot in the league standings, with two
games against the Bay Area schools next week at home.
Second half meltdown dooms Ducks
eDuck Top Stories
Oregon HC Mark Helfrich on Sept. 29, 2016On Saturday, the Oregon Ducks (2-2, 0-1) travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars (1-2, 0-0) at Martin Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Pacific…
eDuckThursday at 2:15 PM
Oregon DC Brady Hoke Talks WSU OffenseOn Thursday morning, Oregon defensive coordinator answered media questions about Washington State's offense as the Ducks prepare to meet the Cougars on Saturday at Martin Stadium.
eDuckThursday at 1:41 PM
Oregon OC Matt Lubick on Sept 28Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick on Sept. 28, 2016 following practice as the Ducks prepare for Washington State this Saturday. The game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific)…
eDuckThursday at 11:53 AM
Oregon WR Dwayne Stanford on Sept. 27, 2016Oregon WR Dwayne Staford spoke to reporters following practice on Tuesday. The Ducks are preparing to face Washington State on Saturday in a game that will be carried on Pac-12…
eDuckTuesday at 9:11 PM