Oregon dominates WSU 84-51 in Pac-12 opener
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Ehab Amin scored 17 points, Miles Norris added 14 and Oregon rolled over WSU 84-51 Wednesday night in the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history.
The sixth-seeded Ducks (20-12) jumped on the Cougars from the start, racing out to a 15-point lead in the opening 12 minutes. Oregon shot 49 percent from the floor and had 14 steals to earn a spot in Thursday’s quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Utah.
The tournament’s largest margin of victory had been 32, accomplished twice.
Washington State (11-21) shot 31 percent, went 7 for 32 from the 3-point line and didn’t hit double-digits in points until the 5:34 mark of the first half
The 11th-seeded Cougars also had 20 turnovers that led to 26 Oregon points in their ninth straight one-and-done trip to the Pac-12 tournament.
Washington State had no players score in double figures.
Oregon and Washington State were in the same position a year ago, both with the same seedings and Utah up next. Oregon won 64-62 in overtime.
The Ducks closed the regular season with four straight wins, including their second double-digit win over the Cougars.
Oregon’s late-season run coincided with a lineup change, with four players 6-foot-9 starting alongside Payton Pritchard. The big lineup helped the Ducks hold four straight opponents to 62 points or less, a program first in the shot-clock era (since 1985-86).
Oregon certainly had Washington State on lockdown.
The Ducks swarmed the Cougars into turnovers and missed shots, starting the game with an 18-3 run.
Washington State had 10 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes and 16 to trail 37-20 at halftime. The Cougars shot 5 of 22, including 4 for 17 from 3 in the first half.
Oregon didn’t let up, pushing the lead to 29 in the first six minutes of the second half.
The Cougars were no match for Oregon’s length and athleticism, and didn’t help themselves by being careless with the ball.
The Ducks are on a defensive roll as they try to earn the Pac-12’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
Washington State’s season is over.
Oregon faces Utah in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals.