No. 16 Oregon rallies past Washington State

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Updated: January 24, 2013

E.J. Singler scored 19 points, and 16th-ranked
Oregon rallied to beat a pesky Washington State team, 68-61, on Wednesday.

Arsalan Kazemi added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (17-2, 6-0
Pac-12), who are off to their best start in conference play since the 1925-26
season. Then, Oregon was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC).

Damyean Dotson chipped in 11 points for Oregon, which has won eight straight
games overall and 19 in a row at Matthew Knight Arena.

Mike Ladd scored 19 to go with eight rebounds and five assists for the Cougars
(10-9, 1-5), who were ahead by 10 at halftime, but shot just 6-of-22 from the
field in the final 20 minutes. Brock Motum had 14 points in defeat.

Oregon missed six of its first eight shots and was behind 10-4, but the Ducks
later used pressure defense and were within 32-29 following a 9-3 spurt.
Kazemi’s 3-point play capped the burst with nearly two minutes left in the
half.

Washington State, though, scored the final seven of the half to take a 39-29
cushion into the locker room.

Carlos Emory’s dunk finished a 9-0 run by the hosts to start the second half,
and Oregon finally went in front, 48-46, on a pair of Singler free throws with
under 12 minutes to go.

The Cougars went back in front, 53-52, on a layup from Royce Woolridge with
nearly 7 1/2 minutes left, but Kazemi’s layup put the Ducks on top again, and
it was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Kazemi’s jam widened the gap to 64-57 with 2 1/2 minutes left, and Oregon made
its free throws down the stretch.

Game Notes

Oregon has won the last four meetings … WSU’s last road win in the series
came Jan. 17, 2009 … Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-7 against
Oregon … The Cougars’ last win at a ranked opponent came at No. 14 Arizona
State, Feb. 28, 2009 … The No. 16 ranking is Oregon’s highest since being
ranked 16th the week of Dec. 10, 2007 … The Ducks are in the midst of their
third-longest home-court winning streak in school history, trailing 23-game
winning streaks set from 1936-39 and 2001-03.