The last time the Oregon Ducks set a school record for most consecutive home wins, Ernie Kent was the head coach. Tonight, Kent was in the building, but on the other side of the court. The Ducks cruised to a -- win over Ernie Kent and the Washington State Cougars for their 24th straight home win, a new school record. The previous record of 23 straight home wins was set from 2001-2003 during Kent's time in Eugene.
Elgin Cook turned in a great performance, scoring a game-high 24 points with six rebounds a three blocks. Chris Boucher turned in his team-best seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Dillon Brooks scored 17 points with seven rebounds.
The Ducks wasted no time in building a comfortable lead, going on a 12-0 run just a couple of minutes into the game to take an early 17-3 lead. During the run, the Cougs missed seven straight shots before Que Johnson hit a three-pointer to end the drought.
Washington State was able to answer back with an 11-5 run to cut the deficit in half from 14 points down to seven But then, a pair of three-point jumpers from Tyler Dorsey and Casey Benson pushed the lead back to double digits late in the first half. During that run, Casey Benson found Chris Boucher for a nice alley-oop.
That lead was built back up to 14 points before Derrien King hit a 3 for the Cougs with under a minute to go in the first half.
The Ducks played good, clean basketball in the first half, staying out of foul trouble.
Oregon committed 2 fouls in the first half, Cook and Bell both with 1.— Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) February 25, 2016
Oregon would take a 42-27 lead into the half with Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks each scoring 10 points. Tyler Dorsey chipped in nine points while Elgin Cook had eight. As a team, the Ducks were actually outshot by Washington State as the Cougars hit 42.3 percent of their shots compared for 41.7 percent for Oregon. But the Ducks out-rebounded the Cougars 20-16 and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Despite a slow start to the second half, shooting just 3-of-10 out of the break, the Ducks maintained their double-digit lead into the second half as Washington State wasn't able to do much to cut into it. As the second half went on, Oregon was able to keep building the lead. A nice transition basket from Tyler Dorsey built Oregon's lead up to 18 points, the largest of the night to that point.
Just over midway through the second half, Elgin Cook recorded his third block of the night, setting a new single-game career high. His performance contributed to the still-growing school record for blocks in a single season as the Ducks added eight more blocks to the growing total.
Chris Boucher has been a nice addition to the Ducks this year, and it's impressive plays like this that show why.
After shooting 30 percent to open the half, the Ducks hit six of their next eight shots, effectively closing Washington State's last window at a miracle comeback. The final buzzer sounded, officially marking Oregon's new record for a home win streak at 24 games.
Oregon will now turn their attention to the Washington Huskies on Saturday night in Eugene. Tipoff is set for 5:30 PM PT on ESPN2.