TEMPE, Ariz. — Oregon relied on rebounding to stay ahead of Arizona State when its shots wouldn’t fall.
Once the Sun Devils closed the gap on the boards, the Ducks had no shot as Arizona State scored 19 straight points to pull away for a 78-64 win over Oregon on Saturday night in front of 12,751 at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Ducks took a 54-50 lead on Louis King’s three-pointer with 8:37 left, but by the time King scored Oregon’s next basket just about four minutes later, the Ducks were down 69-56.
“It happened so fast,” Oregon senior forward Paul White said. “They have people that can put the ball in the basket and that was something we were real conscious of going into the game, but it got out of hand in that span. They capitalized on it and didn’t look back.”
Taeshon Cherry and Kimani Lawrence started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers that put ASU ahead 56-54 with 8:12 left.
“We were up four and we made two bad defensive mistakes,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We got out of position and Cherry hit the three and then we took a quick shot and they came and got another 3-pointer. … The tempo changed there.”
ASU (13-5, 4-2) scored on five straight possessions culminating, with dunks by Luguentz Dort and Zylan Cheatham to push the lead to 69-54 with 4:32 remaining.
“When the pendulum swung, they got a couple easy ones and our defense just gave into it pretty bad,” Altman said.
Oregon (11-7, 2-3) had 17 offensive rebounds in the first 32 minutes, but in the eight scoreless possessions during ASU’s 19-0 run, the Ducks missed seven shots without getting an offensive rebound and added a turnover.
The Ducks shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the field as no player who took more than two shots made more than he missed.
Payton Pritchard led Oregon with 20 points on 5-for-12 shooting while King went 6-for-18 to score 16 points. White had 12 points while making 4-of-10 shots, including 2-of-5 three-pointers.
“I felt like all my misses were really right there,” White said. “All of them felt good. It sucks when you see something like that.”
Oregon sophomore guard Victor Bailey missed all nine of his shots from the field while Will Richardson was 2-for-7, including 0-for-3 on three-pointers.
Arizona State was 25-for-49 from the field as all three of Oregon’s conference losses have come with their opponent shooting better than 50 percent.
“You can’t let someone shoot 51 percent when you are on the road,” Altman said. “That is not going to work for us.”
Oregon finished with a 38-31 edge in rebounds, but was plus-12 on the boards midway through the second half. Pritchard had six rebounds to share the team lead with Kenny Wooten, who played only two minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
The game got tense late in the first half when Ehab Amin was called for a foul while Lawrence went up for a layup and Cherry had some words for Amin that led to a technical foul. UO freshman Miles Norris was called for a dead-ball foul after the play that led to two more free throws for the Sun Devils, who took a 39-36 lead before Pritchard banked in a three-pointer to tie the game at halftime.
ASU shot 56 percent from the field in the first half, but 11 turnovers helped the Ducks stay even despite shooting 42.9 percent in the half.
“We did a decent job of scoring in the first half, but we kept trading buckets and when you are on the road, you have to make it hard for them to earn their baskets,” White said.
White injured his ankle on the second possession of the second half and went to the locker room for about five minutes. By the time he returned, Oregon had a 48-44 lead following a layup by Richardson.
King made a pair of three-pointers to put the Ducks ahead 54-50 before ASU followed with 19 points in a row.
“Up to that point, I thought our (defensive) activity was pretty good,” Altman said. “It sure changed after that.”