Feb. 17, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. (AP and staff sources) - A. D. Smith scored 21 points as Oregon handed Washington State its 13th straight loss, 70-53, Thursday night.
After withstanding a late first half Cougar charge, the game was never in doubt for the Ducks, (18-5, 9-3 Pac-10) who are off to the best start of any Oregon squad since the 1939 NCAA championship team. Oregon jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the game, and rarely led by fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Trailing 28-14 with 3:53 to play, WSU went on an 8-0 run that included back-to-back three pointers by Jan-Michael Thomas and Mike Bush and a Chris Crosby jumper, closing the score to 28-22. But Oregon scored the final four points of the half and led by double digits the rest of the game.
Crosby scored 12 points to lead the Cougars (5-16, 0-12), who haven't won a Pac-10 game since a 79-73 win against California Feb. 18, 1999, a span of 16 straight losses. David Adams had 11 points for WSU, while Bush and Milton Riley each added 10.
Alex Scales added 15 points and Frederick Jones scored 12 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks.
Up 32-22 at halftime, Oregon opened the second half on a 16-6 run to take a 48-28 lead by the 13-minute mark.
Scales, who shot six for eight from the field, scored six straight points during the run with two of his baskets coming on spectacular dunks.
Additional Notes and Quotes from WSU's 73-50 loss versus Oregon
WSU Head Coach Paul Graham
"Oregon's got a good basketball team. They could do well in the NCAA Tournament."
"They get the ball from one end of the court to the other as fast as any team in the country."
"I thought we had a chance there near the end of the first half when we cut the lead to six, but we had a couple of turnovers and we just couldn't get over the hump. That was the turning point in the game."
"Now we're at the point in the season where we have to find a way to keep fighting and working hard these next few weeks."
On Milton Riley:
"He was really aggressive tonight and he hasn't had that in a while. It was good to see because when you play like that, your confidence goes sky high."
RS-FR F Milton Riley scored 10 points off the bench. It was his second career double figure scoring game and the most since he scored 12 versus Gonzaga in November. Riley, who was playing with a broken little finger on his right hand, also had four rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes.
FR G David Adams scored 11 points versus Oregon, it was his second straight game in double figures, following his 10-point effort versus Arizona.
Mike Bush, in just his second season at WSU, entered the Cougar career top 10 in steals with one versus Oregon. Bush now has 91 career steals in just 40 career games, and tied Craig Ehlo (91 steals/1982-83) for tenth.
The Cougars head to Corvallis to face Oregon State, a 71-47 victor over Washington, Saturday night at 7 p.m.