RAPID REACTION: Oregon Ducks defeat Washington State, 68-61 in Pac-12 Play

RAPID REACTION: Oregon Ducks defeat Washington State, 68-61 in Pac-12 Play
January 23, 2013, 8:45 pm
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The 16th ranked Oregon Ducks continued their early success on Wednesday night in the Pac-12, defeating the Washington State Cougars, 68-61.

In the second half the Ducks used a lockdown defense to stop the hot shooting Washington State Cougars. In the first half the Cougars shot 53 percent from the 3-point line, but in the second half that changed dramatically as WSU went 0-11 from the 3-point line.

The Ducks move to 6-0 in Pac-12 play and 17-2 overall. With the loss, Washington State moves to 1-5 in Pac-12 play, overall 10-9. It is the first time the Ducks have started Conference play 6-0, since 1926.

Mike Ladd played a stellar game for the Cougs with 19 points and 8 boards. The Ducks were led in scoring by senior E.J. Singler, with 19 points. Arsalan Kazemi once again played a solid game for Oregon, with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

Next up for the Ducks, Washington Huskies come to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, which could be a battle for first place in the Pac-12.