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February 12, 2012The Oregon Ducks (18-7, 9-4 Pac-12) defended their home court well and earned the season sweep over the Washington State Cougars (13-12, 5-8 Pac-12) with a 78-69 victory Saturday afternoon in Eugene.
The Ducks started the game out shooting a blistering 8-for-10 from the field including 3-of-4 from behind the arc. However, their six turnovers to the Cougars one had the Ducks down 24-20 with 9:09 remaining in the first half. To the Cougars credit, they hit 5 of their first 6 threes as well, which kept them in the lead until Devoe Joseph hit a tough fade away jumper, quickly followed by a Sim three which put the Ducks ahead 33-29 with 4:20 left.
EJ Singler had 13 of his game-high 23 points in the first half, as the Ducks entered the break up 36-33. The second half was closely fought, as the Cougars kept it close and even taking the lead on two separate occasions. Knotted up at 58-58 with 6:18 left, the Ducks got the spark they needed with back-to-back threes by Sim and Joseph over a 32 second span to put the Ducks up 64-58.
WSU would not let up though, scoring four unanswered points. Oregon answered yet again though with another set of back-to-back threes, this time by Sim and Singler. The Ducks went up 70-64 then, and closed the game out hitting all 6 of their free throw attempts in the final 33 seconds to seal the victory.
Joseph and Sim matched each other with 16 points including 4 threes for Sim. Carlos Emory provided another spark off the bench with 12 points and a game-high 8 rebounds.
Brock Motum led the Cougars with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Cougars have lost 4 out of their last 6 conference games.
The Ducks hit the road next week for game against the first place California Golden Bears (20-6, 10-3 Pac-12). They then complete the Bay Area trip with a game against Stanford (16-8, 6-6 Pac-12) next Sunday.