Jan. 17, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Taylor Rochestie scored a career-high 30 points while tying the school record with a 16-for-16 performance from the free throw line as Washington State University (11-6, 3-2), defeated Oregon (6-12, 0-6), 74-62, Saturday at McArthur Court.
As a team the Cougars broke the Pacific-10 Conference record for free throw percentage going 28-for-28 from the charity stripe. USC set the previous record of 22-for-22 against Oregon, March 8, 2002. Twenty-six of WSU's 28 free throws were made in the second half, including 18 in the final 3:13. The free throw performance is the best in NCAA Division I this season. The NCAA record is 34-for-34 set in 1981 and matched in 1990.
Rochestie finished the day just 5-for-13 from the field, but shot 4-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. He added seven assists to just one turnover to his game-high 30 points.
Aron Baynes recorded his second-consecutive double-double of the season with a season-high 19 points while tying his career high with 12 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Freshman Klay Thompson joined the senior duo in double figures with 15 points, scoring 11 in the second half.
Tajuan Porter and LeKendric Longmire led the Ducks with 15 points apiece, while Joevan Catron added 12 points and nine boards.
Oregon struck first in the second half, scoring four-straight to cut the Cougar lead to four with 17:21 to go in the game. Led by Thompson's lone 3-pointer of the game, the Cougars responded with five unanswered points of their own.
WSU led 31-26 when Oregon head coach Ernie Kent was struck with his first technical foul of the game. Rochestie hit the two technical foul shots and Baynes made his foul shots after being fouled as the Cougars extended their lead to nine at 35-26 with 14:28 to go. With the Cougars leading 39-26 at 12:11, Kent was called for his second technical foul and ejected from the game.
Daven Harmeling capped off the 12-0 run with a layup off the dish by Rochestie as WSU extended its lead to 14 with 12:03 left in the game. The Cougars reached their largest lead of the game two minutes later when a Baynes dunks gave WSU a 45-28 advantage with 10:07 to go.
The Ducks pulled within nine points at 48-39 with 6:41 to play. Rochestie's third 3-pointer of the game gave the Cougars their double-digit lead left, before Porter answered nine seconds later with a three of his own. Rochestie knocked down his fourth 3-pointer on the Cougars' next possession, taking the 12-point lead back with four minutes to go.
After Oregon pulled within 10, Washington State scored its next 18 points from the free throw line. Thompson had the only field goal for WSU in the final three minutes as the Cougars completed a 12-point victory.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 11-6 lead with 12:24 to go in the first half, but Oregon cut the lead to one at 11-10 with just over eight and a half minutes left in the first period.
Rochestie's second 3-pointer of the game gave the Cougars some breathing room at 14-10, before the Ducks cut the lead to one once again at 18-17 with 3:27 to play. WSU ended the first half with a 6-0 run for a seven-point, 24-17 halftime lead.