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March 10, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Oregon goes overtime to start the Pac-10 Tournament

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Mark J. Terrill
If tonight’s 82-80 overtime Oregon win was a sample of what’s on tap, then it’s going to be one heckuva week down here in Los Angeles.
It’s a short turnaround for the Ducks, who face top-seed California tomorrow at 2:40 p.m.
Not sure how the game looked on FSN, but I watched this one from the Staples Center stands with a few friends and let’s just say we had a few rows all to ourselves.
There were considerably more Washington State fans in the arena than Duck supporters. Most Cougar fans were questioning coach Ken Bone’s moves late in the game. Many Husky fans consider the former UW coach a better-than-average in-game coach, but he was second guessed for two odd decisions.
With 7 seconds left in regulation, Bone called timeout when Reggie Moore was at the free throw line and WSU leading 72-70. Moore, the former Rainier Beach High star, made his previous attempt, but he was 1 for 1 in the game and Oregon didn’t have any timeouts.
Essentially, Bone iced his guy to set up a defense. He also gave Oregon a chance to draw up a final play.
Moore missed the second free throw and Tajuan Porter (above, center) missed a last-second layup, however, E.J. Singler scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to force overtime.
In the extra period, Porter scored eight of his game-high 32 points. He sank a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left to give Oregon a two-point lead.
Bone called another timeout with 16 seconds remaining and after the break, Moore essentially dribbled out the clock before missing a contested 18-footer at the buzzer. Not sure if that was the play that was drawn up during the timeout, but no one else touched the ball, including Klay Thompson who led the Cougars with 20 points.
Aside from Bone’s decision-making, the Cougars will lament missing 13 of 25 free throws, including several front-end attempts on one-and-one situations in the final minute of regulation that might have iced the game.

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