Second half a bag of horrors for Cougs

FOR ALL THE time and effort the Cougs put into building and maintaining a first half lead at Oregon, it took only a few moments in the second for it all to come undone. Washington State set the tempo over the first 20 minutes -- they never once trailed. But things went from bad to worse immediately after the break, and WSU came out on the losing end of a 67-53 decision.

Oregon averages 83.5 points per game, and the Cougs did hold the Ducks to 67 points. But WSU led 31-24 at halftime. So WSU allowed the Ducks a robust 43 points in the second half.

Worse, they allowed Oregon to shoot 56 percent from the floor in the second half, after holding UO to 38.1 percent over the first 20 minutes.

Oregon scored five quick points to start the second half and get the crowd back into the game. The third of three early 3-pointers put Oregon up 35-34 with 18:09 to play. And they never trailed again.

The second half failings extended beyond the defense. Washington State, after shooting 43 percent in the first half, plummeted to 24 percent (6-of-25) in the second.

The only two Cougars who logged assists on the night, with three each, were big men D.J. Shelton and Junior Longrus. DaVonté Lacy led WSU with 19 points.

The Cougs actually held their own in the paint, Oregon held a slight edge at 20-16 for the game. And WSU won the rebounding battle at 35-24. But turnovers were a particular problem - the Cougs committed 17 of them. Oregon had 10 steals in the game.

Shelton finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and his eighth in Pac-12 play this season.

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