January 17, 1998
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's Terik Brown scored 20 points with four 3-point baskets and the Ducks survived a late charge by Washington State en route to a 71-62 victory Saturday afternoon with 8,213 in attendance at McArthur Court.
Uncharacteristically, the Cougars (8-8 overall, 1-4 Pacific-10) struggled at the free throw line as they made just 12 of 25 at the stripe for a season-low 48 percent. The Ducks (7-8 overall, 2-4 Pacific-10) grabbed 12 more rebounds than WSU, 42-30.
Freshman center Flo Hartenstein, making his first start for the Ducks, finished with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Henry Madden chipped in 18 points. Carlos Daniel earned his seventh double-double of the season with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort. Kab Kazadi had 12 points and Chris Crosby added 10 points.
Kazadi opened the second half with a 3-point basket, but the Ducks used a 13-2 run to push their lead to 17 points, 48-31, with 15:31 left. Hartenstein got things started with a strong block of a dunk attempt by Daniel on the defensive end of the floor and Jamar Curry got a fast break basket at the other end.
A 3-point basket from Eugene native Blake Pengelly capped an 11-3 run to pull WSU within 62-60 with 2:51 to go, but Oregon responded with a 3-pointer from Yasir Rosemond as the Ducks finished on a 9-2 run.
Quotes from Washington State head coach Kevin Eastman - "You can't miss 13 free throws on the road. That's like 13 turnovers, and we're a better free throw shooting team than that. We let their inside guys, Hartenstein especially, quite frankly at times, control the game. Not just play well, but control the game. If that's a normal performance for him as a freshman, than we have another pro in the Pac-10. He was very difficult to stop and did a very good job of him stopping us. Brown was playing with a very great deal of comfort in the first half. We challenged him a little bit more in the second half. We made a great comeback, but you have to hit free throws in any kind of comeback, and we didn't do that. We went almost exclusively zone in the second half because we wanted to slow them down. (On Rosemond's clutch shots) - "The first one hurt a little, but we went down and answered it. The second one was crucial. We were on him and he made it. That is a big three for a freshman to make. We were in his face but he still made it."
Quotes from Washington State senior Carlos Daniel - "They were trying to keep a body on me wherever I was on the floor. The young kid (freshman Flo Hartenstein) stepped up to the challenge and did a good job tonight. He's going to be good for them in the future. We had a lapse when we came out in the second half and they took advantage of it. Right now that seems to be a trend for us. We've been coming out lacksidasical for whatever reason in the second half and teams have got a lead on us. But there is no quit in this team and that's something I love about these guys. No matter what the score, no matter who is wearing the other jersey, they don't ever give up. (In the) second half we started getting our confidence and getting into a flow of the game. Blake hit two big threes because the wanted to stick with me on the pick and roll. They chased down a lot of long rebounds. They beat us to a lot of loose balls. When you drive and penetrate, people have to help and I think that was the key to them getting a lot of their offensive rebounds because they did such a good job of getting to the paint that we had to help so we were out of position leaving somebody open to get the rebound."
Quotes from Washington State sophomore Blake Pengelly - "Being able to come back, I really felt the momentum was changing and that we would be in there in the end."
**Washington State suffers through its worst free throw shooting game of the season, 48 percent (12-of 25) and worst shooting game from the field in Pac-10 play at 42 percent (21 of 50).
**Carlos Daniel earns his seventh double-double of the year team-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
**For the second game in a row, the Cougars were outrebounded, this time by a margin of 42-30, the biggest margin by the opponent all year.