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Oregon 66, WSU 55

Some notes:

Oregon guard Chamberlain Oguchi's 26 points is a career high and the most by a Duck this season. His six 3-pointers are second-most in Pac-10 tournament history. Five of them came in the first seven minutes, when the Ducks surged to a 17-8 lead.

Oregon's lead peaked at 31-17 late in the first half.

Oregon's Aaron Brooks of Seattle didn't play in the second half due to flu symptoms.

WSU recorded five blocks to tie its season record of 130 (matching the 1986 team).

Oregon has knocked out three coaches in their final games at their respective schools: Washington's Bob Bender in 2002, UCLA's Steve Lavin in 2004, and now WSU's Dick Bennett.

WSU used its 23rd different starting lineup of the season.

Some quotes:

Bennett on the game: "I thought regarding this game, Oregon was great shooting early, which gave them the cushion they needed. We finally got organized, and I was pleased that we didn't fade away. We fought and made it a little interesting, but just couldn't make shots. We couldn't quite keep some of their athletes off the glass when we had to. They have a nice team, and I thing that Oregon has a very nice future. I just wish we had a chance down the stretch where I could have gone out coaching a little bit, but it wasn't to be."

Bennett on retiring: "The loss hasn't sunk in, and it won't for a little while. It's been over a thousand games, 40 years and a lot of losses."

WSU's Aaron Baynes on the game and Bennett: "It definitely hurts. ... We have to get past this and focus on next year. Coach has been looking back on the years. It would be tough on him. It's been 40 years. That's all he's known. You have to move on now, I guess, but he's been a great coach to us all. We were disappointed we couldn't get him a win. We wanted to get him as many wins as we could this year, but it just didn't work out for us at all."

Oregon coach Ernie Kent: There is a big part of me that did not want to be the guy to beat Dick Bennett in his last game. I wanted him to go out the winner that he is. He has done do much for college basketball, and every scholl that he has been at. He is a tremendous man. ... However, it was important for us obviously to get this win to be able to move forward. I thought we did a tremendous job defensively in this game against a team that can really shoot the basketball.

Kent on Oguchi: "He was the guy that was in the best rhythem and continued to move, and we continued to find him. He shot the ball extremely well."

Oguchi: "I was looking for my shot early, and they left me open."

Oregon sophomore Malik Hairston on Washington: "Obviously, it is going to be a dog fight. They play hard for 40 minutes. We have to try hard to match their energy and then exceed it as best we can. ... I think we have a great chance of winning the basketball game. ... We have to take it a game at a time and give it everything that we have in our bodies."

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