Oregon tunes up for road trip to LA with win over Washington State

The Oregon Ducks will now head into a 2-game road trip to Los Angeles having won 5-of-6 following an 84-57 beatdown of the Washington State Cougars on Sunday night.

Oregon improved to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in Pac-12 play with the win, while Washington State dropped to 9-15 and 1-11 respectively.

Here’s a look at the game’s final stats, via ESPN:

3 Who Mattered

Payton Pritchard: The Ducks’ sophomore guard dropped 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Pritchard’s 19 points are the most since a 25-point outing in a 94-91 win over UCLA on Jan. 20. He also recorded a double-double with 10 assists.

Malachi Flynn: In the absence of Robert Franks, Flynn was called upon for the Cougars’ scoring efforts in the loss. He ended the game with 16 points, a team high, along with five assists and three steals.

Kenny Wooten: Coming off the bench for the Ducks, Wooten scored 10 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting night. Putting his athleticism on display all night, Wooten tallied eight rebounds and three blocks.

Observations

The Ducks’ youth took care of the ball: For just the third time this season, Oregon didn’t cross the double-digit threshold with its turnovers. The Ducks coughed up possession nine times against Washington State, the lowest total since they committed eight in their win over UCLA.

Washington State can’t survive without Robert Franks: The Cougars are already the consensus worst team in the Pac-12. That was only enhanced with Franks, the team’s leading scorer, sidelined with an injury for the night. Washington State shot just 39 percent from the field and only had two players reach double figures.

The Number: 21 assists

Oregon connected on 28 field goals in the game, 21 of which were assisted on. Pritchard’s 10 assists led the way, while Troy Brown and MiKyle McIntosh each had three.

What’s Next for Oregon basketball

Oregon begins a road trip to L.A. with a Thursday matchup against USC. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

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