Oregon Ducks upset #11 Sun Devils in decisive fashion — ASU Men's Basketball

Oregon Ducks upset #11 Sun Devils in decisive fashion — ASU Men's Basketball

The Oregon Ducks are among seven teams that enter the week with double-digit wins overall. "We have to make each other better. Whether it is Arizona State or Utah, it was a good win because we needed it".

Payton Pritchard scored 18 points, including two on free throws with 13.8 seconds left, as visiting OR hold off No. 11 Arizona State 76-72 on Thursday night. He was 6-of-12 with four 3-pointers for 21 points.

"They grinded us up on defense", Justice said. "I knew they would go back to the TV because the officials were confused, too, and thought it was different".

A 14-2 run by OR in less than 2:30 had the game tied at 41 by the end of the first 20 minutes despite the aforementioned lack of time leading for the Ducks.

Known for second-half explosions, the Sun Devils had only 31 points in the 20 minutes that the Ducks mostly handled. "It was choppy. We never really got into a great rhythm on offense".

Points in the paint were controlled by OR, with 38 points, compared to Arizona State's 16.

Ayton grabbed 10 rebounds and Arizona's Dusan Ristic had eight points and eight rebounds.

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Arizona State tied the score for the final time at 58-58. He had 13 rebounds, five on the offensive glass, and 12 points. From that point on, OR became a different beast.

Oregon's senior forward Mikyle McIntosh is only 6-foot-7, making him shorter than the bigs for ASU, but his 240-pound frame was a problem for the lighter and younger ASU frontline. Brown capped a fastbreak with a dunk to put the Ducks ahead 72-65. Elijah Brown had 18 points and hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for Oregon.

"We didn't have enough guys playing well, to you know, win the game", Hurley said. "No doubt it was a better effort". David Crisp also finished with 10 points, all in the second half.

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The Sun Devils mustered up only 13 assists on the night, which is down from their season average.

Altman's plea for better ball movement resulted in 17 assists as OR shot 43.1 percent from the field.

"They're a much improved team, not only from last year to this year, that's obvious, but I think they're a very much improved team from the beginning of the year to now", Miller said. "Instead of playing for ourselves, we relied on our team as a whole".

Kodi Justice had 21 points, Shannon Evans II 19 and Tra Holder finished with 14 for the Sun Devils.

On the season, Arizona State averages 89.3 points, 37.7 rebounds and 15.2 assists per game.

Allonzo Trier lead Arizona with six points.

Notes: Oregon has won seven straight games against ASU dating back to 2014.

OR has that at every position, and that plus a slow pace was what swung the game in favor of the Ducks in a 76-72 upset loss for the Sun Devils on Thursday. The two combined to play 14 minutes in the opening half and Wooten only played 11 total minutes. With his 609th career win, UO coach Dana Altman tied former Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs for 33rd in Division I history.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers have patience and enough talent to cause problems against opponents, even in the highly unfriendly environment of McKale Center.

#4 Mississippi State 76 Mississippi 45: Teaira McCowan had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Bulldogs (18-0, 4-0 SEC) past the Rebels (11-6, 1-3).

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