Men's Basketball

Altman Hires Chris Crutchfield As Assistant Coach

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon men’s basketball team has added Chris Crutchfield to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Dana Altman announced on Wednesday morning.
 
Crutchfield comes to Oregon after spending the 2020-21 season as the head coach at East Central University, and brings with him more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience at some of the nation’s top programs. Crutchfield fills the spot on Altman’s staff vacated by Tony Stubblefield, who last week was named head coach at DePaul.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to add a coach of Chris’ caliber to our staff, and are excited to welcome him and his family to the University of Oregon,” said Altman. “He has recruited and developed many elite players throughout his career, and his ability to connect and build relationships with student-athletes will be a tremendous asset for our program. Chris is a proven winner with a history of success everywhere he has been, and we look forward to the significant impact he will have here in Eugene.”
 
Crutchfield spent eight seasons (2011-19) working under Lon Kruger at Oklahoma, first as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach in 2016. He joined Arkansas as associate head coach for the 2019-20 season prior to taking the head job at East Central University, where he led the Tigers to a 10-9 record in 2020-21.
 
“I’m excited and honored to be joining Coach Altman’s staff at the University of Oregon,” said Crutchfield. “Coach Altman and his staff have built a successful and nationally recognized program, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the Ducks’ ongoing success. My family and I can’t wait to get to Eugene and become a part of the University of Oregon.”

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Oklahoma compiled a 160-105 (.604) overall record and earned six NCAA Tournament bids in eight seasons with Crutchfield on staff, including a trip to the 2016 Final Four. An elite recruiter, Crutchfield was instrumental in the signing and development of Buddy Hield and Trae Young. Hield was the 2016 consensus national player of the year and the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, while Young was selected fifth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft following a historic freshman season.
 
After Oklahoma, Crutchfield helped lead Arkansas to a 20-12 record in 2019-20, and was key in the development of Mason Jones, an Associated Press honorable mention all-American and AP co-SEC player of the year. Crutchfield also played a big role in the Razorbacks landing a top-five recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.
 
Prior to his move to Oklahoma, Crutchfield was an assistant coach at Oral Roberts (2007-11), TCU (2005-07) and New Mexico State (2001-05). He broke into coaching at his alma mater, Nebraska-Omaha, and also had stints at the University of Texas-San Antonio and Tyler Junior College.
 
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Duarte Wins Jerry West Award as Nation’s Top Shooting Guard

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Chris Duarte was honored as the nation’s top shooting guard on Saturday.

The senior from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, was named the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the first Oregon player and the first Pac-12 player to receive the Jerry West Award.

The seven-time All-American was one of just two players nationally who averaged at least 17.0 points and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field. He was the only major conference player with those averages.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 20, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

“It is an honor to win this award,” said Duarte. “It’s an amazing feeling. This was one of the goals that I worked for this year and it feels good to have that hard work pay off. 

“I found out that Jerry West played the one, played the two; he did so many different things really well in his career and that’s how I’d like to be known someday too,” said Duarte. “I’d like to thank my family, my teammates and my coaches for all their help and support. I couldn’t have done this without them.”

The 2021 Associated Press Pac-12 Player of the Year was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive team by the league’s coaches. He is a seven-time All-American this season, including a second-team selection by Sports Illustrated.

He was also named the 2021 collegiate International Player of the Year by NetScouts Basketball.

The Ducks’ leading scorer at 17.1 points per game ranked among Pac-12’s top 10 in six different statistical categories and was the only player ranked among the league’s top 10 in both overall field goal percentage (.532) and three-point field goal percentage (.424).

Duarte was second in the Pac-12 in steals and three-pointers (2.4 per game), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.428) and sixth in scoring.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 13, 2020 (Eric Evans Photography)

This is the second consecutive year that an Oregon player has won one of the five national Basketball Hall of Fame “Starting Five” awards. Payton Pritchard, now with the Boston Celtics, won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award last season.

Jerry West was one of the best pure shooters in the game’s history. At West Virginia University, West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. In 1959, he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Finals and captured the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. In a superlative senior season, West was a consensus All-American and led West Virginia to its third consecutive conference championship.

After college, West starred with the Los Angeles Lakers alongside teammates like Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Known as “Mr. Clutch,” West won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 1972. Three years earlier in 1969, West was named the NBA Finals MVP despite his team not winning the championship. At the time of his retirement, West ranked third in points (25,192), fourth in scoring average (27.0 points per game), second in made free throws (7,160) and fifth in assists (6,238).

West was a 14-time All-Star and named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team four times. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

Jerry West Award Winners
2021    Chris Duarte, Oregon
2020    Myles Powell, Seton Hall
2019    RJ Barrett, Duke
2018    Carsen Edwards, Purdue
2017    Malik Monk, Kentucky
2016    Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
2015    D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

– www.GoDucks.com –
 

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Strong second half propels Ducks past Rider 99-86 and into the second round of the NIT

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Minutes before tip of Oregon’s first-round NIT matchup with Rider, the Ducks emerged from their locker room in their fluorescent yellow jerseys to a half-hearted cheer from a maybe quarter-full Matthew Knight Arena. It’s a sight that Oregon has seen few times at home this season, and mainly for preseason scrimmages, not postseason tournament games.  

But this was, after all, an NIT game on a Tuesday night, and one can only presume that Duck fans didn’t want to watch Oregon play in a consolation tournament after what was an entirely disappointing season.

The 2,327 fans that ended up occupying the 12,000 seat arena witnessed a 99-86 Ducks win over the Broncs (22-10) that sent Oregon to the second round of the NIT to face either Marquette or Harvard. But for about two-and-a-half quarters (all NIT games will be played in quarters this year), Oregon appeared to have no interest in being on the floor. It took a strong second-half run to propel the Ducks (23-12) to victory and keep their season alive for at least one more game.

Freshman V.J. Bailey played a big role in the win. He hit a career-high seven threes en route to a career-high 23 points, 14 of which he scored in the second half. Altman gave Bailey his fair share of credit for the second-half turnaround.

“Once we started clicking we got a few shots down and the energy level went way up. VJ really likes to play when the ball is going in. He did a really nice job shooting the ball and giving us some energy there,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said.

Bailey hit four of his seven threes after the 3:25 mark of the third quarter. His first cut Rider’s lead to 56-55. Payton Pritchard converted a layup on Oregon’s next possession to give the Ducks a 57-56 lead, their first lead since the score was 3-2.

Oregon outscored Rider 42-30 the rest of the way.

“He gives us a spark off the bench and we just try to give it to him every time,” said Kenny Wooten, who recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and ten rebounds. “We know he’ll get a good shot so that’s what we try and do when he gets in.”

Oregon needed a second-half spark after its lackadaisical first half performance that had them down 44-36 at halftime. The Ducks made 13 shots on 33 percent shooting and turned the ball over nine times. Rider was equally sloppy, turning the ball over seven times, but shot 52 percent from the field and scored 28 of its 44 first-half points in the paint. The Broncs dominated the paint all night and got 50 of their 86 points from down low.  

“They didn’t beat us, they killed us,” Altman said. “That’s probably as many as we’ve given up all year.”

But the second half was a different story. Oregon’s offense sprung to life and the Ducks rode the hot hands of Elijah Brown (16 second-half points, 18 for the game), Pritchard (18 second-half points, 23 for the game), and Bailey to the buzzer. For a team that struggled to hit threes in Vegas last week, the Ducks hit 14 of their 26 attempts with nine makes coming in the second half.

It wasn’t pretty, but Oregon survived to play another game. They’ll face either two seed Marquette or seven seed Harvard, who play each other Wednesday night. If the Ducks draw Marquette, they’ll have to travel over 2,000 miles to play the Golden Eagles. They’ll host Harvard if the Crimson win.

For a game that might have been the last at Matthew Knight this season, at least the home crowd went home happy.

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Ducks fall to UCLA in overtime, 86-78

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Oregon didn’t lead for the majority of the game, but it did push the clock into its first overtime of the season.

Yet, Oregon didn’t win, UCLA did.

On Saturday night at the Pauley Pavilion, the Ducks fell victim to their ongoing battle with inconsistency as they lost to the UCLA Bruins 86-78 in overtime, leaving the Los Angeles road trip 0-2.

The game began with a strong Oregon presence in the first 10 minutes. Oregon forward Troy Brown Jr. stole the ball after a Bruin-won tip-off. He ran it down for a layup and got Oregon on the board first.

But the Ducks’ drive soon slowed after a 3-pointer from UCLA Bruin Prince Ali made the way for a six-point UCLA lead.

The Ducks ended the first half five under the Bruins, 35-40.

The second half wouldn’t start for the Ducks until the 11:45-minute mark when UCLA junior Aaron Holiday took his seat on the Bruin bench with his fourth foul.

It was as if Holiday’s absence recharged the Oregon team. The Ducks went on a 13-point run, starting with back-to-back 3s from MiKyle McIntosh and Payton Pritchard. Another 3 from Elijah Brown tied the game at 59-59.

The Ducks reclaimed their lead at 7:41 with a layup from Elijah Brown. Holiday was soon put back in the game, and the Bruins started to regain control.

After switching back-and-forth leading points, a McIntosh layup tied the game at 71 with 49 seconds left. The two battled it out, attempting shots on both sides as the clock ran out and overtime was declared.

In overtime, this time the Bruins would be the first to score. Another 3-pointer from Ali at the 3:51 mark sparked a UCLA surge.

Oregon only made three baskets in overtime. Those seven points did not hold up against the Bruins’ 10-2 point run as they claimed the victory with an eight-point deficit.

Pritchard led the Ducks with 23 points and five assists. Following him was Elijah Brown and McIntosh each with 19 points. Troy Brown Jr. ended with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

The Ducks will return home to Eugene and play the Arizona State Sun Devils at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

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Ducks end two-game wining streak, falling to Trojans 72-70

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After a 17-minute lead in the first half, the Ducks couldn’t keep up with the Trojan pressure when it mattered most.

Oregon (17-9, Pac-12 7-6) saw its two-game win streak come to a close, losing a battle to USC (18-9, 9-5) Thursday night, 72-70.

With 17 seconds left, Oregon’s Troy Brown Jr. snagged a rebound from a MiKyle McIntosh missed shot and tied the game with a layup. The game would then come down to the wire.

With a second remaining in the game, Trojan Jordan McLaughlin made a clear pass from the outside to the open arms of Chimezie Metu. Metu went in for a layup, breaking USC’s three-game losing streak he secured the team’s victory at the Galen Center.

From the first minute of the second half to Metu’s final layup, the teams played through 12 score ties, eight USC lead changes and six Oregon turnovers.

For Oregon, the game energy intensified from the first half, where it led USC by as much as seven.

Halfway through the first, Oregon’s Payton Pritchard completed a layup. The two-point basket, combined with the two free-throws he had made just moments prior, gave the Ducks a lead of 19-12 over the Trojans.

Even after USC made a pair of threes for a brief lead, McIntosh made his own 3-pointer (shooting 4-5 from the 3-point range over the course of the game) and returned the lead back to the Ducks.

McIntosh and Pritchard ended the first half, each leading the team with 10 points.

Starting with scoring the first point of the game, McIntosh’s performance was a silver lining for the Oregon team. He ended the night with 23 points (his Oregon career high), five rebounds and a single assist, all on four personal fouls.

Combined with Pritchard’s 17 points, the players were responsible for 40 of Oregon’s 70-point final. Brown followed Pritchard with 11 points.

The Trojans were led by Jonah Mathews’s 20 points and Metu’s 18.

Oregon will remain in Los Angeles and play the UCLA Bruins on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

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Preview: Ducks face LA schools this weekend in high-stakes matchups for each team

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Oregon is riding high off its sweep of the Washington schools last week, but steeper tests approach, starting with the Los Angeles schools this weekend.

The Ducks travel south to play USC (17-9, 8-5) on Thursday and UCLA (17-8, 8-5) on Saturday. Both games carry heavy postseason implications for each team. UCLA and USC are currently tied for second in the Pac-12 and are bubble teams for at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament. Oregon is tied with Washington for fourth in the conference and is on the outside looking in in terms of making the Big Dance. But, the Ducks are coming off arguably their best weekend of conference play and appear to have some momentum as they make a push for a coveted at-large bid.

The Trojans are the first hurdle the Ducks need to clear. USC is losers of its last three games and suffered its worst loss of conference play — an 81-67 handling by No. 13 Arizona — its last time out. As of now, USC is one of the last four in, according to Joe Lunardi’s bracketology, so the Trojans have plenty to play for coming down the stretch.

The Trojans were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 in the coaches preseason poll, and for good reason. They returned the core of last year’s team that went 26-10 last season and upset six-seed SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They boast arguably one of the most talented lineups in the conference, highlighted by point guard Jordan McLaughlin (12.2 points and a conference-best 7.5 assists per game), forward Bennie Boatwright (14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game), and bonafide NBA-prospect Chimezie Metu (15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game).

The last time these two faced, USC left Eugene with a tightly-contested, 75-70, win that the Trojans sealed down the stretch. The Trojans are also 10-3 at home this season, so a fierce contest surely awaits on Thursday.

UCLA is in almost an identical situation as USC entering this weekend series. But unlike USC, the Bruins have played well of late. They’ve won four of their last five, which includes a 16-point win over Stanford and an eight-point win over No. 13 Arizona in Tucson.

Star guard Aaron Holiday has played exceptionally well of late, averaging 20.4 points and 7.2 assists over the last five games. He’s currently fourth in the conference in points per game with 19.1 and second in assists at 5.5. Foul trouble limited him to only 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Bruins’ last matchup with the Ducks, a game the Ducks won 94-91.

Both USC and UCLA are top-four in the conference for points scored per game, so the Ducks will need to continue playing the stellar defense they have of late. Oregon held both Washington State and Washington under 40 percent shooting.

With so few games left and so much at stake over these next few weeks, every game takes on more importance for all these teams. Sweeps are ideal, splits could be worse, and getting swept could mean the end of the line for some teams.

No one wants to miss out on the tourney, which should make for some intriguing games this weekend.

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Warriors Hold Off Late Beacon Charge

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After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Northwest Christian University men’s basketball team had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final seconds only to come away with a 71-69 defeat at the hands of Willamette Valley rival Corban University.

Sweep of Washington schools gives Oregon confidence and momentum heading into crucial stretch

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At this point in the season, Oregon needs to do one thing above all else: Win.

The Ducks did just that on Sunday, completing a sweep of the Washington schools for Oregon’s first weekend sweep of conference opponents this season. What’s more, is that it seems that Oregon has bounced back from its debilitating loss to Stanford last week and gained some much-needed momentum heading into its toughest, and most critical, stretch of the season.

“I’d definitely say we’re jelling more,” Payton Pritchard said. “We kind of moved past the bad loss to Stanford. So we’re making strides.”

With the weekend sweep, Oregon moved into a tie for fourth place in the conference and mightily improved its resume. The blowout win over Washington is arguably the Ducks’ best win of the year.

But Oregon knows it’s not the time to celebrate. Now, it’s time to dig in.

With six games left, Oregon, which is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, will face all five Pac-12 teams with legitimate shots at making the tourney. It’s easily the toughest stretch of Oregon’s season, but that actually plays into Oregon’s favor.

Oregon needs quality wins right now. The Ducks are currently 77th in RPI (per ESPN), a ranking system that the selection committee uses to determine who makes the NCAA Tournament. While the Ducks did jump double-digit spots this weekend, wins over teams like Washington State (179th in RPI) don’t help the Ducks much.

But wins over teams like UCLA and USC, ranked 53rd and 47th in RPI respectively, will. The Ducks will head down to Southern California to play those two next week.

“Going into LA, we’re really going to need to be together,” Pritchard said. “We need to win both, to be quite honest, so we really need to work hard in practice this week and get ready for those two games. … This next trip, LA, will define our destiny in the Pac-12 race.”

The road only gets tougher after that trip. Oregon hosts the Arizona schools (Arizona is 19th and Arizona State 27th) the following weekend before traveling to face the Washington schools (Washington is 45th in RPI) to cap conference play.

“It gives us a really good opportunity because I think the five teams they’re talking about being in the NCAA Tournament, we got each one of them one time,” head coach Dana Altman said.

As of Sunday, the Pac-12 has five teams in position for spots in the tourney according to Joe Lunardi’s bracketology. No. 13 Arizona is the only for sure thing and is currently projected as a four seed. Arizona State is the other probable lock, although after starting the season 12-0 and reaching No. 3 in the AP Poll, the Sun Devils have lost six of their 13 conference games and have dropped from the AP Top 25 altogether. The three other candidates are USC, UCLA and Washington, and are all currently bubble teams.

Oregon is on the outside looking in and knows what’s at stake with these remaining games. With three weeks left in conference play, the Ducks are in true do or die mode if they want an at-large bid. Oregon knows it has a chance and that it won’t be easy by any means.

“We’re going to have our shot,” Altman said. “We’ll see if we’re tough enough and together enough to take advantage of it.”

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Photos: The Oregon Ducks triumph over the Washington State Cougars 84-57

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Oregon forward Troy brown dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Troy brown looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Forward Kenny Wooten dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks forward Troy Brown dodges a defender. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Kenny Wooten dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Troy Brown lunges for the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks celebrate after a score. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks guard Payton Pritchard dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks Troy Brown and Kenny Wooten block a Washington State Cougars. Oregon basketball take on the Washington Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) defends against Washington State Cougars guard Malachi Flynn (22). Oregon basketball take on the Washington Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Abu Kigab (24) jumps to shoot the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Ducks celebrate a point scored. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Troy Brown (0) celebrates his dunk. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) shoots the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Elijah Brown (5) looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Washington Cougars regroup at a time out. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Troy Brown (0) dives for the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

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Oregon men’s basketball athleticism too much for Washington State as Ducks win 84-57

Kenny Wooten should have been given an assist to Troy Brown Jr.

After blocking the ball directly into Troy Brown Jr.’s hands, Wooten watched as Troy Brown Jr. sprinted down the court for an and-1 dunk that brought the crowd at Matthew Knight Arena to its feet.

Washington State’s three-point shots kept them in the game, but Oregon’s physicality in the paint and execution on the fast break put the game out of reach for the Cougars. Both Payton Pritchard (19 points, 10 assists) and Troy Brown Jr. (16 points, 10 rebounds) notched double-double in the game.

Both teams came out eager to shoot from the three-point line. The first 15 of 20 shots taken were threes, and soon all starters had at least one three to their name. However, Oregon went on to dominate points the paint, 30-12, for the entire game. The Ducks also ran the floor much better than the Cougars and outscored them on fast-break points, 21-3, on their way to the 84-57 win.

Midway through the first half, Payton Pritchard executed some quality defense. First he stole the ball and dunked it on a wide open fast break, then assisted on a Keith Smith dunk on the following play.

“Guys are hitting shots, making my job a lot easier,” Pritchard said. “These last two games I’ve been more aggressive getting to the lane. We’ve defiantly been gelling more and getting to the right spots.”

The presence in the paint was largely conducted by Kenny Wooten, Troy Brown Jr, and Mikyle McIntosh. Wooten threw down some thunderous alley-oop dunks in the second half; one from Elijah Brown and two from Pritchard.

Washington State sank back-to-back threes to start the second half, and trimmed its deficit 41-35. Sophomore guard Malachi Flynn scored (16 points) had a step-back three pointer during the run.

Oregon’s bench outscored Washington State’s bench 25-8 during the game. Victory Bailey Jr. was the leading scorer off the bench. He scored 13 points in 16 minutes, all in the second half. His final field goal was a three-point field goal that gave Pritchard his tenth assist.

“I though he played with a lot of confidence that second half. I thought he only took one questionable one, but the rest of them were pretty good looks,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said. “He had a tough first half. I though he was not focused defensively, but the second half I thought he did a very good job.”

McIntosh was also impressed with the bench’s performance in the game. Wooten and Bailey Jr. combined for 23 of the bench’s points.

“They brought a lot of energy, they brought a lot of defensive aggression,” said McIntosh. “They did a great job guarding the press.”

Oregon was able to keep sharpshooter Carter Skaggs in check. The sophomore guard had nine points at halftime and was 3-7 on three point field goals, and he did not score in the second half. Skaggs in the Pac-12 leader in three-point percentage at 45 percent, good for No. 18 in the NCAA for the same category.

Oregon will head to Los Angeles to face USC and UCLA this upcoming weekend. The team needs to win most if not all of their remaining games to earn an entry into the NCAA Tournament.

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