WSU, last in the Pac-12, scored a season-low 57 points and lost by 27. Payton Pritchard and Troy Brown Jr. had double-doubles for Oregon.
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s sudden sense of urgency is showing in guard Payton Pritchard’s play.
It comes from being the only starter back from last year’s Final Four team and how the Ducks need to finish strong to reach the postseason again.
Pritchard had 19 points and 10 assists, and Troy Brown Jr. also had a double-double to lead Oregon past Washington State 84-57 on Sunday night.
Robert Franks, WSU’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, did not play after injuring his knee Thursday night against Oregon State.
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“It didn’t feel right to him, so we just sat him down,” said Cougars coach Ernie Kent, a former Oregon player and coach. “It’s more important to get him healthy again before we put him out there.
“We needed his scoring tonight. You take 18 points off the floor and that’s huge. We missed (Franks’) ability to shoot the ball and spread the floor.”
WSU’s point total was a season low. The Cougars haven’t won in Eugene since 2009.
Oregon completed a sweep of the Washington schools by a combined 52 points, a dramatic course correction for the Ducks after a 35-point loss at Stanford on Feb. 3.
“I’d say we’re definitely jelling more,” Pritchard said. “We kind of moved past the bad loss to Stanford.
“We’re making strides, and going into L.A. (to play USC and UCLA), we’re really going to have to be together. We need both.”
Brown finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high five steals for the Ducks (17-8 overall, 7-5 Pac-12). The freshman limped to the bench after making two free throws with 44 seconds left after a flagrant foul by Malachi Flynn.
It was Pritchard’s first double-double in 64 games at Oregon and the first time two Ducks had a double-double in the same game since Dec. 3, 2014.
MiKyle McIntosh and Victor Bailey Jr. each had 13 points, and Kenny Wooten added 10 points and eight rebounds for Oregon.
Flynn had 16 points to lead the Cougars (9-15, 1-11), and Viont’e Daniels added 11.
The Cougars trailed by five early in the second half before six straight points from Bailey put the Ducks up 55-44. Oregon coach Dana Altman then went with Pritchard, a sophomore, and four freshmen to pressure WSU full court, and the lead grew to 67-48.