Sun Devils Scorch Ducks in 76-57 Win

As good as Oregon looked on the road a week and a half ago, they have looked equally bad at home as of late. Thursday night's game versus Arizona State at McArthur Court seemed to be an extension of the woeful play the Ducks displayed against Oregon State only days before. Behind three players in double figures, the Sun Devils buried the Ducks early, cruising to a 76-57 victory.

What a difference a week makes. After coming up with shocking road victories at Washington State and Washington to kick off the Pac-10 season, the Oregon Ducks have officially plummeted back to earth in punishing fashion. Thursday evening's game against the Sun Devils of Arizona State was as bad a game as the Ducks have played as a team this season. Behind a game high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting (including 4-of-6 from three-point range) from Rihards Kuksiks, the Sun Devils sliced and diced their way through the Ducks' Swiss cheese defense, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (48.9) and scoring 24 points off of 16 Oregon turnovers.

"Point of attack. We were losing up top," said a disgusted LeKendric Longmire when asked why the Ducks broke down on defense, "We were forced to rotate because everyone was getting beat off the dribble. When you get beat off the dribble, someone has to rotate and they got great guards and when you rotate you gotta find the open man.

"Everybody hasn't bought in to that. We thought we had it figured it out, but obviously we don't. I think it's time for everybody to take a step back and critique themselves as individuals."

Longmire was the only Oregon player in double figures this evening, chipping in 11 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. His energy was arguably the lone bright spot in what turned out to be a dark, dark performance before the 7,117 in attendance.

"The biggest thing with this basketball team is that we've got to get our grit back," said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent

"How and why we've lost it I could not tell you between Seattle and getting back here to Eugene, but certainly I thought the guard play by Arizona State was just superb."

Besides Kuksiks, the Sun Devils were paced by guards Ty Abbott -- who scored all 16 of his points in the first half -- and Derek Glasser, who came through with 12 points, six assists, and four steals in 36 minutes of action.

Kent stated that some of the young players on his team have already hit a wall despite being only 16 games in to the season. Their fatigue, he believes, contributed to some of mental lapses on defense tonight.

"I think Malcolm -- as I look at him and his performance -- even E.J. (Singler) and even Jamil (Wilson) have hit the wall a little bit," said Kent, "which I think is typical of freshmen and first-year sophomores at this time of year

"With 14 games to go, we're just going to go back to work and get our toughness back and get back to it."

Oregon closes out their three game home stand on Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats (8-9, 2-3) at McArthur Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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