Ducks defense propels them to quarterfinals

Oregon took the lead and never looked back.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 12:00 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2019 12:31 AM

Las Vegas, Nev. -- Oregon men's basketball was too much for Washington State as the Ducks defeated the Cougars to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, 84-51. 

The Ducks played stifling defense holding WSU to 30.8 percent shooting while forcing 20 turnovers. Oregon began the game on an 18-3 run.

The Cougars hit the opening shot of the game with a three-pointer from CJ Elleby, but failed to score again until the 8:26 mark of the first half. 

"Thought the guys played really hard. We flew around on defense," head coach Dana Altman said. "I thought the first half our defenseive activity was pretty good. They did miss some open threes which really helped us out."

Ehab Amin led the Ducks with 17 points on 5-7 shooting. He was one of four players in double figures for Oregon. Miles Norris added 14 points as well. 

As a team Oregon shot 49.3 percent from the floor. 

The Ducks have now won five straight holding each opponent to below 62 points for the first time since 1985-85.

"Starting with the starting five and then just kind of spilling over on to the people coming off the bench I think we all just did a good job of focusing and locking in," forward Paul White said. 

Oregon will take on Utah at 8:30 pm on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. 

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