Chris Boucher scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 91-74 Pac-12 basketball victory at Arizona State.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Chris Boucher is in his fourth year of organized basketball, and Sunday night was the best yet for Oregon’s slender 6-foot-10 forward.
He scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots and the 23rd-ranked Ducks took sole possession of first place halfway through the Pac-12 basketball season with a 91-74 victory over Arizona State.
“Unbelievable game,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He really, really changed the game. He was super tonight.”
Dillon Brooks added 18 points and Tyler Dorsey had 16 for the Ducks (18-4 overall, 7-2 Pac-12), who won their fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games. Oregon is ahead of four teams who are at 6-3 in conference play, including Washington.
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Boucher, whose hometown is Montreal, was the national junior-college player of the year last season at Northwest College in Wyoming and transferred to Oregon despite never playing an organized game until age 19. He is listed as a senior, but has appealed to have another year of eligibility restored.
In this game, he hurt the Sun Devils (12-10, 2-7) from inside and outside, sinking a career-best four three-pointers in eight attempts and swatting away repeated Arizona State drives at the rim.
Obinna Oleka scored 17 points for the Sun Devils.
At Colorado 70, California 62
Josh Scott scored 18 points, helping the Buffaloes (17-5, 6-3) beat the Golden Bears (14-8, 4-5) even though they missed 18 of their first 19 shots from the field.
|Sunday’s resultsColorado 70, California 62Oregon 91, Arizona State 74|