How Oregon won: No. 8-seeded Arizona State (15-18) hung tough with No. 1-seeded Oregon (28-4) during the first half of their second-round matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. But in the second half, the Ducks put an end to any thoughts of a repeat of the team's 71-70 meeting that UO pulled out at home out on Feb. 2.
The Ducks dominated the second half of play from the get go, jumping out to a 16-point lead and then cruising from there.
ASU guard Torian Graham scored 32 points on 12-of-12 shooting but he prove to be no match for Oregon's overall team game. The Ducks shot 49.2 percent from the field while ASU shot 31.1. Player not named Graham made just seven of 36 field goals.
What it means: The Ducks advance to the semi-finals and another step closer to a possible championship game showdown against either No. 2-seeded Arizona (27-4) or No. 3-seeded UCLA (28-3) on Saturday night.
Key sequence: Oregon took control of the game early in the second half. Leading just 34-31 at the break, the Ducks went on an 18-5 run to go up 52-36 with 13:04 remaining. Igniting the run was sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey. He had two strong drives to the basket for layups before senior guard Dylan Ennis made a three to give UO a 45-33 lead. A few possessions later, Dorsey moved to the basket, drew some attention from ASU defenders who ignored senior forward Chris Boucher underneath. Dorsey read the defense, dumped the ball off to Boucher who threw down an easy dunk to give the Ducks a 52-36 lead.
High-flying Ducks: Dorsey had a great all-around game with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. He made 8 of 14 shot attempts, but did miss four of five from three-point range.
Junior forward Dillon Brooks had 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ennis shot poorly, making just 3 of 10 shot attempts, but he did have 12 rebounds and five assists.
Fowl play: Oregon shot a mediocre 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12 of 19).
Up next: Oregon will face the winner of today's game between No. 5-seeded California (20-11) and No. 4-seeded Utah (20-10) tomorrow night at 6 p.m.