OR dominates Washington State 84-51 in Pac-12 opener

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

OR men's basketball was too much for Washington State as the Ducks defeated the Cougars to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, 84-51. "We flew around on defense", head coach Dana Altman said.

As a team OR shot 49.3 percent from the floor. But it quickly unraveled after that as WSU lost its next three games - a stretch that included a 91-64 loss to Idaho, the third-largest margin of defeat ever for the Cougars in the longest-standing college basketball rivalry series west of the Mississippi River.

The 11th-seeded Cougars also had 20 turnovers that led to 26 OR points in their ninth straight one-and-done trip to the Pac-12 tournament.

Washington State had no players score in double figures.

"I thought OR was just exceptional, " Cougars coach Ernie Kent said.

Up next for the Oregon Ducks is Utah.

Oregon's late-season run coincided with a lineup change, with four players 6-foot-9 starting alongside Payton Pritchard.

The Ducks have now won five straight holding each opponent to below 62 points for the first time since 1985-85.

OR certainly had Washington State on lockdown.

Washington State had 10 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes and 16 to trail 37-20 at halftime. "I thought the first half our defenseive activity was pretty good".

OR didn't let up, pushing the lead to 29 in the first six minutes of the second half. "They did miss some open threes which really helped us out".

The Cougars did have an unprecedented mideseason feat, beating both Arizona State and Arizona in the desert, but the 2018-19 season was also one that included two six-game losing streaks and one five-game skid. Last May, WSU projected the shortfall to reach $84.9 million by the end of fiscal year 2023.

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