WSU Cougars

Flynn's 28 points lift Washington State past Oregon, 78-76

PULLMAN, Wash. - Malachi Flynn scored 28 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assists; Robert Franks added 19 points and 5 rebounds as Washington State held on in the final seconds to defeat Oregon, 78-76 on Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.

The Cougars took the lead just before halftime on a Franks 3-pointer for a 37-35 advantage. Leading for most of the second half, it looked like a typical late game showing for the Cougars after Oregon went on a 13-2 run for their first lead of the second half 67-66 with 3:32 remaining.

Flynn's 28 points put him two shy of his career high of 30 against Colorado at home. Flynn came up clutch with big buckets throughout the second half including an 8-0 run by himself with 10:22 remaining. Viont'e Danielsadded 13 points for the Cougars (12-17, 4-13 Pac-12) including a three from the corner with 54 seconds left in the game to extend the Cougar lead 77-72.

Elijah Brown contributed with 18 points for the Ducks (19-11, 9-8 Pac-12), and Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and six rebounds.

Pritchard had 16 for Oregon, but missed a big free throw to tie the game in the final 10 seconds and a potential game winning 3 at the buzzer.

Big Picture:

Oregon: The loss puts the Ducks in a bad position heading into Pac-12 tournament play -- effectively knocking them lower in tournament seeding by also affecting their chances of making the NCAA tournament after competing in the Final Four last season.

Washington State: The Cougars grab their fourth Pac-12 win of the season. A Cougar win is rare after starting the season 6-0. The victory doesn't affect their seeding in the Pac-12 tournament, but it keeps WSU from finishing last in the conference. The Cougars have not won two games in a row since starting 6-0.

Up Next:

Oregon: The Ducks travel to play Washington on Saturday.

Washington State: The Cougars will host Oregon State on Saturday.