Cougars fall to Ducks in controversial overtime

PULLMAN – Another conference game, another close win for the Oregon Ducks. The No. 20 Cougars lost 77-74 in overtime to No. 7 Ducks.   

Coach Tony Bennett said the game was highly emotional for his team.

“Like always, they played with a lot of heart and battled,” he said. “We could have grabbed a couple more rebounds and that hurt. There were some tough shots (Oregon) hit at the end of the game.”

Bennett said his players were stunned when the game went to overtime.

“They’re so quick, one through five. They definitely posed some problems,” Bennett said of the Oregon starters.

Derrick Low led the Cougars  with 37 points. He made 9 of 16 3-point attempts, including two in overtime. Chris Matthews and Kyle Weaver each had 13 points for WSU.

It marked the first game that Washington State was ranked and hosting a ranked opponent since 1950.

“It definitely was a disappointment,” Low said of the final score. “We felt we should have had them, but it shows how good the Pac-10 is. We felt pretty good going into overtime.”

Washington State led 33-27 at the half, but Oregon stayed close in the second period with 3-pointers by Brooks and Malik Hairston, who had 13 points. Brooks hit 5-of-10 3-pointers.

Oregon won the battle of the boards, grabbing 42 rebounds to WSU’s 28, but the Cougars swarming defense had 14 steals and blocked 10 Ducks shots.

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