Oregon opened its final Pac-12 Conference home stand with energy, high intensity and a 79-51 victory over Arizona State.
The Sun Devils (19-8, 10-5) were second in Pac-12 standings and have never won at Matthew Knight Arena (0-6).
Freshman Louis King led UO with 19 points. The 6-foot-9 guard has scored in double-figures in 14 of 15 Pac-12 games this season.
Junior Payton Pritchard (18 points) and redshirt senior Ehab Amin (11 points) made big offensive contributions. Freshman Francis Okoro also had a solid game, finishing with seven points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Ducks (16-12, 7-8) gained valuable experience and confidence by gutting out a win at home to snap a three game losing streak, once again proving that anyone can beat anyone in the conference.
Earlier in the week senior Paul White told reporters that he felt his team has not reached its full potential yet, “I am hoping we can work toward that and everyone will be clicking on the same page.”
Arizona State did not score in the first six minutes of the second half. The Sun Devils struggled from beyond the arc, going 3-of-23. Oregon outrebounded ASU, 44-26.
Off the bench, Ehab Amin (11 points) and Will Richardson (7 points) combined to give help give Oregon an edge in bench points, 24-to-10.
Oregon showed great ball movement, 50-50 ball fight and excellent rebounding. Most of all, the Ducks showed fight with the Pac-12 Tournament looming. The Ducks host Arizona on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m.