PULLMAN — After scoring a season-low in points in his last game, CJ Elleby was the go-to guy for Washington State against No. 8 Oregon.

Elleby scored 25 points and Washington State beat a top-10 team for just the third time, surprising Oregon 72-61 on Thursday night.

Elleby, who was held to six points against Stanford, helped Washington State (11-7, 2-3 Pac-12) to its first win over a top-10 opponent since 2007.

“I know my team trusts me to take shots,” Elleby said. “We knew it was going to be a fight and we had to buckle down in areas. We couldn’t give them nothing easy. I think we just shot and executed really well tonight.”

New Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich gets pumped up – at basketball game

Elleby shot 9 for 20, including 4 for 7 from three-point range, and added a season-high 14 rebounds. Isaac Bonton finished with 12 points and six assists, and Jeff Pollard scored 11 for the Cougars.

“It was a really great effort for our guys. We stayed the course,” WSU coach Kyle Smith said. “We knew we had to keep them out of transition. We didn’t do a great job of that in the first half. We turned it over 11 times. In the second half, we didn’t turn it over as much and that took a little steam out of them.”


Payton Pritchard had 22 points and five assists for Oregon (14-4, 3-2), which had its three-game winning streak halted. Chris Duarte had 15 points for the Ducks.

The Cougars were able to keep the game close in a first half that saw five lead changes by shooting 8 for 12 from beyond the arc. Oregon went on a 13-3 run at the end of the half that was capped by a step-back three from Pritchard to enter the break up 37-34.

Washington State started the second half quickly, going on an 11-0 run to take a 47-39 lead with 15:38 left in the second. Oregon responded with a 9-0 run of its own to tie the game at 50 with 10:15 left.

Trailing by five points with 3:24 left, Pritchard made a clutch jumper in the paint for Oregon and then converted a free throw to make it 60-58.

On the ensuing possession, Elleby converted a three-point play to make the score 63-58.

Washington State then went on a 9-0 run that closed out Oregon.

“They played better and harder than us,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “They had way too many second-chance points. They beat us in the second half with points off turnovers and just did a lot of things better than us.”