Cougars blown out by No. 13 Oregon

From staff reports

On this 14-game losing streak the Washington State men’s basketball team is on, some variables change night-in and night-out. Different cities, different stadiums, different opponents, different fans with different methods of distracting free throw shooters – looking at you, Arizona State – and even different margins of defeat.

However, some things have remained the same in the 52 days since the Cougars (9-19, 1-15 Pac-12) last won a game, in that a Cougar, or maybe a couple of them, flash brilliance leading to a stellar performance, but overall, WSU has lacked the mental fortitude to close out a 40-minute contest.

Wednesday night’s matchup with the No. 13 Oregon Ducks (22-6, 11-4) in Eugene, which the Cougs dropped 76-62, was no exception.

Junior guard Que Johnson, for the fourth game in a row, shined for the Cougars, scoring 14 points and going 3-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half.

The shifting factor in this game for the Cougars though was foul trouble, as Johnson picked up his fourth foul of the game about three-and-a-half minutes into the second half and then fouled out with nine minutes still to play, while junior center Valentine Izundu fouled out later in the second half.

Oregon only committed– or was called for – nine fouls the entire game.

Johnson still went on to be the Cougars’ leading scorer with 19 points and ended up going 4-of-5 from behind the arc.

Even though junior forward Josh Hawkinson picked up his play in the second half, scoring 13 points in the final 20 minutes to end the game with 17, the Cougars sputtered down the stretch and did little to cut into the 42-27 deficit they faced at halftime.

Hawkinson pulled down 10 rebounds to record his Pac-12 leading 19th double-double of the season.

Meanwhile, Oregon redshirt senior forward Elgin Cook led a four-pronged offensive attack that kept the Ducks comfortably ahead of the Cougs the whole way.

Cook scored a game-high 24 points and received strong supporting performances from senior forward Chris Boucher, 18 points and 13 rebounds, freshman guard Tyler Dorsey, 12 points and sophomore forward Dillon Brooks, 17 points.

With No. 9 Arizona losing to Colorado Wednesday, the Ducks now sit alone atop the Pac-12.

The Cougars will travel a little ways north on the 99 toward Corvallis for a matchup with Oregon State at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the game.

Reporting by Dustin Brennan