After Sunday's win over then-18th-ranked Washington, some Washington State Cougars talked of running the table in the second half of the Pac-10 basketball season.
EUGENE, Ore. — After Sunday’s win over then-18th-ranked Washington, some Washington State Cougars talked of running the table in the second half of the Pac-10 basketball season.
That thought lasted about four minutes — and four missed shots — Thursday night in Oregon’s new Matthew Knight Arena.
As the Cougars’ misses mounted, the Ducks — a team that lost by 14 in Pullman four weeks ago — pulled away and routed WSU 69-43.
“I don’t think I had our guys ready to go from the beginning,” Cougars coach Ken Bone said. “There is no excuse to come out and play as lethargic as we did. We were not good on either end of the floor.”
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The Ducks, who came in last in the Pac-10 in shooting percentage, shot a misleading 42.9 from the floor. Misleading because they missed nine of their last 10 shots after building a 29-point lead with 9:45 left. Up to that point they had hit half their 46 shots.
They also were successful on nine three-pointers and pulled down 10 offensive rebounds, six in the first 4 minutes.
Washington State (15-7, 5-5) hit 6 of 28 in the first half, its worst half of the season.
And then it got really bad.
Coming out of halftime, the Cougars turned the ball over on their first two possessions, missed six of their first seven shots and watched as the Ducks outscored them 18-2 in the first 7 minutes.
Running the table was off.
“We started the second half just like the first,” Bone said. “We just didn’t play with the energy we needed to compete with a team like Oregon.”