Hot Shooting Oguchi Paces Duck Win

Behind the hot shooting of guard Chamberlain Oguchi the Oregon Ducks advanced in the Pac-10 Tournament by beating the Washington State Cougars 66-55. Oguchi scored his career high 26 points on 8-for-15 shooting including 6-of-11 behind the 3-point line. Malik Hairston contributed 21 points.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Chamberlain Oguchi shoots as Washington State's Josh Akognon, left, and Derrick Low defend during the second half of a Pac-10 conference basketball tournament game Wednesday, March 8, 2006, in Los Angeles. Oregon won 66-55. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Ducks jumped out to an early lead in the game behind Oguchi's shooting as he connected five 3-pointers and when the horn sounded for halftime Oregon was up 37-23. Oguchi scored 21 of his total in the first half.

In the second half the Ducks cooled down partially because point guard Aaron Brooks took a seat due to a bout with the flu. At one point WSU was able to whittle the lead down to seven at 53-46 but timely shooting by Hairston kept the Ducks in front. Both teams played very well on defense as reflected by the field goal shooting. Oregon was 20-of-53 or 37.7 percent field goal shooting including 9-of-25 in 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Washington State shot 20-of-52 for 38.5 percent and was 5-of-16 or 31.3 percent in 3-point shots.

Aron Baynes was the high point man for WSU with 14 and Robbie Cowgill had 12 in Head Coach Dick Bennett's last game as a head coach. Bennett had announced his retirement at the end of the season.

The Ducks will face Washington tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. subscribers can follow the game during Game Chat starting at tip-off time.

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