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Oregon crushes Washington State 71-44

Oregon crushes Washington State 71-44
Oregon guard Joseph Young (3) pushes the ball up-court around Washington State forward D.J. Shelton (23) after grabbing a rebound as forward Richard Amardi (13) and forward Mike Moser (0) watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. Oregon won 71-44. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)
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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Oregon moved out of the cellar of the Pac-12 standings after dismantling Washington State 71-44 on Sunday night.

"We desperately needed that," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "It was a little bit bigger than a monkey. It turned into a gorilla. I felt good for the guys. We got us a win and now, hopefully, we can build off of that."

Jason Calliste came off the bench and scored 20 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and made all six of his field goal attempts to give the Ducks their 30-17 first half edge.

Joseph Young added 10 points and Mike Moser chipped in nine points and nine rebounds to help Oregon (14-5, 2-5) end a five game skid.

Oregon dominated nearly every statistic in the game. The Ducks shot 46 percent from the field (26 of 57) and outrebounded Washington State 43-24. Oregon ended the night shooting 10 of 11 from the free throw line.

"Oregon has a lot of talent, but we have to be able to score points, we can't win scoring 44, 49 points," Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "We just need to find a way to make some shots, if not you can't compete."

Que Johnson had nine points for Washington State (8-12, 1-7), all coming from behind the arc, and no other Cougar scored more than seven points. Washington State's leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, a Curtis High School product, did not play due to injury for the fifth-straight game.

Washington State only made two field goals inside of the 3-point line, going 10 of 40 from the field, 8 of 26 from behind the arc. The Cougars also made just 64 percent of their 25 free throw attempts.

Ike Iroegbu hit a three midway through the first half to bring Washington State to within one at 13-12. But it would be all Oregon from that point forward.

The Ducks finished the half on a 17-6 run, as Calliste scored the final six points to give Oregon a 13-point halftime lead.

Young and Moser combined to score the first nine Oregon points of the second half as the Ducks extended their lead to 39-19.

Oregon led by 34 points (69-35) with 3:06 remaining before the Cougar closed the game by making three throws and two Brett Boese 3-pointers.
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