March 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP)--Aron Baynes scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and Washington State never trailed in beating Oregon 62-40 on Wednesday night in a first-round game of the Pac-10 tournament.
Baynes, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior from Australia, shot 7-of-8 from the field, 6-of-6 from the foul line and grabbed eight rebounds before leaving the game for good with 5:57 remaining and the Cougars leading 56-37.
The win was the fourth in the last five games for Washington State (17-14), which faces No. 15 UCLA (24-7) Thursday night in the quarterfinals. The teams split their two games this season, with the second-seeded Bruins winning 61-59 in January and the seventh-seeded Cougars prevailing 82-81 last month.
Tajuan Porter scored 20 points for 10th-seeded Oregon (8-23), which set Pac-10 tournament records for the lowest point total, lowest number of field goals (13) and lowest field goal percentage (26 percent).
Caleb Forrest had 14 points and five rebounds and freshman DeAngelo Casto added 10 points for the Cougars. Taylor Rochestie, WSU's leading scorer, was held to four points, but he had six of his team's 14 assists.
The Cougars have won six straight games over Oregon -- three in each of the past two seasons -- after losing 21 of the previous 22 to the Ducks.
Baynes scored six points during a 10-3 run to begin the second half, giving the Cougars a 44-25 lead. Oregon didn't threaten after that, jacking up 3-pointer after 3-pointer with Porter the only player to experience much success.
Porter, the only Oregon player to reach double figures, shot 5-of-12 from 3-point range, and the Ducks were 7-of-28 beyond the arc and 13-of-50 overall. Washington State shot 58.1 percent despite missing all six of its 3-point attempts, and outrebounded the Ducks 37-24.
The Cougars, who beat Oregon 74-62 and 67-38 during the regular season, scored the game's first four points and extended their lead to 22-9 behind eight points by Baynes.
Porter scored five points during a 7-0 run that drew the Ducks within six points before Rochestie, the Cougars' leading scorer, made a layup for his only field goal with 6:35 left before halftime, triggering a 10-0 spurt that made it 32-16. Three-pointers by Drew Wiley and Porter around a basket by Baynes left Washington State with a 34-22 halftime lead.
Oregon shot 8-of-25 including 5-of-16 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes while WSU missed its only 3-point attempt while shooting 14-of-23.