Oregon Basketball: Ducks Run Into Foul Trouble In Loss vs Washington State

Oregon Basketball played their second game in a month vs the Washington Huskies, but foul trouble and turnovers kept it close, but it was a 74-71 loss for the Ducks.

The Ducks having had just five practices and playing in their second game of the month due to COVID-19 restrictions were able to keep with Washington State for the game. Oregon had 16 turnovers in the game. The story of the game was foul trouble for the Ducks. As a team they had five players in trouble midway through the second half. Two players Eugene Omoruyi and Chandler Lawson fouled out.

Before fouling out, Omoruyi was the leader in points for the Ducks. He put up 21 points to go with 7 rebounds. Chris Duarte had 11 points and was 5 for 8 from the floor before departing the game with an injury. Duarte rolled his right ankle just minutes into the game. He was carried off the court. No update was provided on his condition after the game.

One bright spot was the return of Will Richardson to the lineup after missing the first part of the season with a thumb injury. Richardson finished the game with 10 points off 2 of 9 shooting. He was also 6 for 7 from the free-throw line and had 6 rebounds and 5 assists, leading the team in the category in his return.

Washington State played physical for the entire game. Isaac Bonton led the way for the Huskies finishing with 23 points and 7 for 13 shooting. He was responsible for the final shot giving the WSU a three-point lead with seconds left for a final shot for the Ducks that fell short. Oregon lost 74-71.

Despite not playing for a month due to COVID-19, several March Madness predictors had the Ducks in the NCAA Tournament at this point of the season. Fox Sports had Oregon as an 8 seed playing in the South Region prior to their loss vs Washington State. Following the loss, ESPN Bracketology has the Ducks as a 10 seed.

Oregon returns to the court on Saturday to take on the Washington Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 pm Pacific Time on CBS.