IN PICTURES: Cougs end Duck domination

IT HADN'T BEEN an eternity since Washington State defeated Oregon on the hardwood, it only felt that way. Riding a 13 game winning streak against the Cougs, the Ducks did little early to indicate an end to their series domination. But a determined Derrick Low and teammates—backed by a spirited Friel Court crowd—rallied to end their Duck dry spell, besting UO, 69-60. The CF.C camera was courtside.

The nine point margin of victory belies the true story of this game and what has become a trademark of WSU-Oregon basketball: a battle royale with the victor determined in the waning seconds.

Indeed, Coug fans weren't able to take their first exhale until just over five minutes had ticked off in the second half, the first time WSU held a lead.

Any who doubted Low's declarations earlier this week of how badly he wished to taste victory over the Ducks were silenced by the senior guard's performance Sunday night.

The Hawaiian native led all scorers with 27 points, including four 3-pointers.

Despite an atypical 4 of 8 at the free throw line, Kyle Weaver contributed mightily with 16 points and 8 assists.

Wazzu shot 50 percent from the floor and held the Ducks to 44 percent -- the Cougs held the Ducks without a bucket for the final 4:23 of the game. Oregon went 0-6 from the field during that span, with WSU also forcing a turnover and Weaver blocking the water fowl's final shot attempt in the time frame.

Oregon's point total Sunday night was 21 points below their season average.

The No. 8 ranked Cougars (16-1, 4-1 Pac-10) are now in a 3-way tie with UCLA and Arizona State—both losers yesterday—for the conference top spot. The Cougs hold the best overall record in the conference, the Bruins have two losses while the Sun Devils have three.

WSU, which was ranked as high as No. 4 this season before their first loss of the year, to UCLA, is projected by some to climb two spots to No. 6 in the latest polls to be released Monday.


WEAVER NETTED 16 AND HAD AS MANY ASSISTS, 8, AS DID THE ENTIRE OREGON TEAM IN THE COUGARS' WIN.


DAVEN HARMELING's DEFENSE HELPED HOLD THE DUCKS TO 44 PERCENT SHOOTING ON THE NIGHT.


ARON BAYNES WAS 5-FOR-9 INCLUDING THIS BUCKET. THE AUSSIE BIG MAN SCORED 11 POINTS AND PULLED DOWN SEVEN REBOUNDS.


ROBBIE COWGILL CHIPPED IN SEVEN POINTS AND ALTHOUGH THE OFFICIAL STATS DON'T REFLECT IT, HE LOGGED A BIG BLOCK THAT HELPED SEAL THE WIN.


DERRICK LOW HIT 9-OF-LAST-11 SHOTS ON HIS WAY TO A SEASON HIGH 27 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER DUCKS.


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