Ducks Romp Past Sun Devils 79-51

The Ducks will be the first ones to admit that the last three games haven’t been great.

They played poorly at Oregon State and USC before giving up a 22-point lead at UCLA.

None of that happened tonight.

Oregon began the second half on a 12-0 run and ran away with a 79-51 win over Arizona State in front of 7,682 inside Matthew Knight Arena.

The win also avenged an earlier loss down in Tempe where the Ducks went down 79-64.

With the victory, the Ducks improved to 16-12 overall and 7-8 in conference play. The Sun Devils dropped to 19-9 overall and 10-6 in Pac-12 action. ASU was on the bubble for the NCAA tourney before this contest in Eugene and its standing on that bubble took a serious hit with this blowout loss.

Louis King led the Ducks with 19 points and Payton Pritchard added 18 in what turned out to be his best game in quite some time.

Ehab Amin also found himself in double figures with 11 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals. After missing the UCLA game altogether, the senior transfer turned in his best game since the Pac-12 season got underway.

Francis Okoro pulled down 10 rebounds.

As for the Sun Devils, Remy Martin led the way with 13 points and Rob Edwards added 11, but he was 2-of-9 from the field. He wasn’t the only Sun Devils that suffered a cold shooting night, however.

ASU was 17-of-53 from the field for 32 percent. The percentage was even worse in the second half as the Sun Devils shot just 26 percent.

Oregon shot 49 percent (30-for-61) from the field and the Ducks hit 9-of-25 from three-point land.

The Ducks will now face a much-maligned Arizona team on Senior Night. The Wildcats at 17-12 have had their toughest season in a very long time, but they are coming off a stunning buzzer-beater win in Corvallis, 74-72.

   ~ Don Smalley
www.DuckNews.com

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