For much of the game against Washington State(11-15, 2-11 Pac 12), the Ducks played from behind. In the last minutes of the game they fought to get the game to overtime, where experience and a cool headed E.J. Singler hit two fouls shots with under five seconds to play to secure the win for the Oregon Ducks(21–5, 10-3 Pac 12), 79-77.
The Cougars, in the first half, had an 18 point lead, taking and 11 point lead into the half. In the first half Washington State’s leading scorer Senior Brock Motum was elbowed in the head by Oregon Senior Tony Woods, who was ejected from the game with a flagrant foul. Oregon is already without a key piece of the puzzle with Dominic Artis out with a foot injury.
Oregon opened the second half on a 15-5 run. For the game E.J. Singler had 25 points and Carlos Emory finished with 20 points. Junior Johnathan Loyd had all four assists for the Ducks in the first half.
“We all just got together and the chemistry started flowing,” Carlos Emory on 2nd Half Start vs Washington State
The Ducks are now 21-5(10-3 Pac 12) and hold a one game lead over UCLA for the Pac 12 lead. Matthew Knight Arena should be sold out this week. Oregon welcomes to town the two teams that started the three game losing streak from a few weeks back. Cal comes to town Thursday(6pm ESPNU), and Stanford on Saturday(5pm, Pac 12 Network).
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon