Oregon Ducks Defensive Effort Leads To Three Game Winning Streak

Kenny Wooten handles the ball during a timeout vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Kenny Wooten handles the ball during a timeout vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks shot close to 50 percent from the field and clamped down on Defense for their third straight win at Washington State.

While it may not have been a top tier win for the Oregon Ducks, it was a road win late in the season that could mean more over the coming week if Dana Altman can keep the Ducks disciplined and patient. Oregon’s Defensive Effort against WSU looked a lot better, similar to Arizona.

Paul White had a big game with 21 points. He was 8 for 13 from the floor and 4 of 5 from three-point range. He opened the game with the first points for Oregon and didn’t look back. Payton Pritchard finished with 15 and Victor Bailey Jr came through with 14 points. Bailey Jr. has again found his long-range shot going 5 for 8 from beyond the arc.

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While the Oregon Offense came through, the Ducks Defense was up to the task. White had six rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals. Oregon forced 17 Washington State turnovers and turned them in two 20 points. While Oregon had 10 turnovers the Cougars could not turn any of them into points on the scoreboard.

Both teams had runs in the game with Oregon keying a run in the first half to take a 41-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

For the game, the Freshman also had an impact. While Louis King didn’t light up the scoreboard he had three assists, two in transition leading to points. Will Richardson had a key three-pointer finishing with 11 points. Francis Okoro did not score, but pulled down 5 key rebounds and was where he needed to be to defend for most of the night against Washington State.

Oregon will now head to Seattle looking for their fourth straight win heading into the Pac-12 Tournament The Ducks and Huskies meet Saturday (7 pm PT, ESPN)