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                        === Ducks edge Cougars in OT ===
 
 Pullman,  WA (Sports  Network) -  E.J. Singler  scored 25  points and  hit two
 clutch  free  throws in  the final seconds  of overtime to  help No. 23 Oregon
 escape  with 79-77 victory over Washington State on Saturday at Wallis Beasley
 Performing Arts Coliseum.
 
 Oregon (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12) received 20 points off the bench from Carlos Emory,
 however he missed a free throw late which could have put the game on ice.
 
 Royce  Woolridge recorded a game-high 36 points for Washington State, with his
 sixth  3-pointer of the  night coming after Emory's miss to tie the contest at
 87-87  in overtime,  however the Cougars (11-15, 2-11) fell short after Dexter
 Kernich-Drew fouled Singler with four seconds left.
 
 Singler  then sank both  attempts from the charity stripe to help the Ducks to
 their third win in a row.
 
 "At  the end we've  got an opportunity and we made some critical mistakes down
 the stretch," Washington State coach Ken Bone admitted.
 
 Trailing  38-27  at the break,  Oregon rallied to  take a four-point lead with
 1:58  left  in regulation,  but  left  the door  open  for  the Cougars  after
 Johnathan Loyd missed a pair from the stripe with 18 seconds left.
 
 Only  shooting 2-for-9  for the night, DaVonte  Lacy made his last shot of the
 game when he buried a triple to knot the score at 71-71 to send the game to an
 extra session.
 
 Woolridge  scored 22 in  the first half to pace Washington State, which led by
 as  many  as 18 points  as Oregon struggled  to contain the shooter. Woolridge
 made  10-of-15  shot attempts  for  the  night,  including 6-for-9  from  long
 distance.
 
 "We  were dead," Oregon  coach Dana Altman said of his team in the first half.
 "We were just standing around with no energy."
 
 However, Singler powered Oregon back into the contest in the second half.
 
 He  scored nine  straight points  early in  the second  stanza to  pull Oregon
 within five before adding a pair of second half 3-pointers, with his fourth of
 the game cutting Washington State's edge to 59-58 with 6:33 to play.
 
 Oregon  then took its first lead since the opening moments of the contest when
 Emory finished a three-point play and Loyd's jumper shortly after extended the
 Ducks' advantage to 63-59.
 
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Emory  shot  7-for-13 from the field  ... Oregon converted 53.6 percent of its
 shots  in  the second half after  shooting 33.3 percent (9-for-27) through the
 initial  20  minutes ... Washington  State's season leading scorer Brock Motum
 scored  12 points on 3-of-10 from the field ... Oregon's Tony Wood was ejected
 in the first half after elbowing Motum intentionally in the back of the head.
 
 02/16 23:54:20 ET

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