WSU Snaps Long Drought Against Oregon

The eighth ranked Washington State Cougars (16-1, 4-1) snapped a 13 game losing streak against the Oregon Ducks with a 69-60 victory in Pullman, WA, behind 27 points from senior guard Derrick Low. Backcourt mate Kyle Weaver added 16 points, 6 rebounds, and five assists as the Cougars rallied late to defeat Oregon (12-6, 3-3).

Oregon forward Maarty Leunen shoots over Washington State forward Robbie Cowgill in the first half of a college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Oregon led for much of the game and took their biggest lead of the night at 17-6 with 13:23 left in the first half. Maarty Leunen, who led Oregon with 20 points and 13 rebounds, scored eight points in the first six minutes of the game to spur the Ducks to the early advantage.

Washington State would chip away at the lead and trail by only four, 34-30, at the end of the first half with Low and Weaver combining for 17 points in the half. However, it was the second half where the pair would really shine.

Low scored 18 of his 27 after the break and seemed to make all the key plays down the stretch. When he wasn't scoring, Low was setting up his teammates as he did with a feed resulting in a layup for Weaver that gave the Cougars the lead for good at 60-59 with 1:09 left in the game.

After calling timeout, Oregon ran a play for Malik Hairston who had an open jumper at the top of the key but missed. Cougar guard Taylor Rochestie would hit four straight free throws in the final minute to seal the game for WSU.

Malik Hairston scored 14 points to go along with seven rebounds for the Ducks. TuJuan Porter added 11 points on 4-13 shooting.

The Ducks were again hurt by turnovers with 15 for the game while only forcing six from WSU. The Cougars, who are second in the Pac-10 Conference in field goal shooting percentage at 50%, hit their average by going 25 of 50 for the game.

Washington State was able to play at their pace and limit Oregon's high octane offensive attack. The Cougars came into the game first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 52.1 points per game.

WSU had not beaten Oregon since Feb. 15th, 2001 and the Ducks had won 21 of the previous 22 games played between the two teams. Oregon will host UCLA at Mac Court on Thursday, Jan. 24th.

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