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Recap: Oregon MBB Crushes Boise State

November 9, 2019
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Oregon opened the game with Payton Pritchard and Shakur Juiston each scoring early. Pritchard was creating a ton of good looks early for Oregon, and players were hitting them. Anthony Mathis was able to knock down a three and a deep two early, which was great to see as Oregon will need him to be a big scorer for them. 

Shakur Juiston also looked impressive early. He had a great move in the post to create an open look for himself and was able to knock down a three. With N’Faly Dante and Francis Okoro not currently available, Juiston will need to play well down low as Oregon doesn’t have a lot of options in their frontcourt currently.

Anthony Mathis kept things rolling as he was able to hit back to back threes in the span of about 7 seconds to give Oregon a 31-17 lead. Which forced Boise State to call a time out. Oregon knocked down only a single three in the first game, so it’s a positive sign seeing Oregon shoot well from three.

Addison Patterson was able to secure his first points as well this season, finishing a few shots close to the hoop. Even though the shots weren’t always there for him in the 1st half, he plays an aggressive brand of basketball which helps the team. He’s also super active on the offensive side of the floor.

Oregon would head into the half with a 48-30 lead. They shot a whopping 63% from the field while holding Boise State to only 35%. They also knocked down 7 3’s, with 5 of them coming from Mathis. Richardson and Duarte were also each able to hit one.

One interesting thing of note in the first half was the small ball lineup Oregon used for a few minutes. They had four guards out on the floor. The lineup consisted of Pritchard, Mathis, Richardson, Duarte and Juiston. With Okoro being out for an unknown amount of time, and Dante also out for a few more weeks, we may see this small ball lineup used more often.

Oregon came out of the gates with a few buckets to start the second half. Walker was able to get his first bucket of the day on a physical play down low where he was also fouled. Unfortunately he picked up his fourth foul a few minutes into the half and had to sit.

Anthony Mathis kept his hot hand going by finishing a fadeaway shot near the block and a few possessions later he knocked down his 6th 3-pointer of the game.

Oregon wouldn’t slow down as the second half chugged along. They continued to break down Boise’s zone by using a lot of screens above the 3-point line to create open passing lanes for themselves. Pritchard was able to score at a consistent rate, and guys like Chandler Lawson and Patterson were also able to help out by finishing shots at the rim. At the 11-minute media timeout, Oregon was up 73-40.

For the final 11 minutes of the game Oregon would continue putting up points. The Ducks won the game, 106-75, behind a 30-point game from Anthony Mathis.

Oregon had a ton of guys contributing across the board. They had 4 guys with over 16 points. Juiston had 16, Patterson had 17, Pritchard had 19 and Mathis had 30. Oregon shot a crazy 70-percent from the field. They also shot 13-19 on 3 point attempts, which is an absurd 68-percent. 

 

Oregon out-rebounded Boise 34 to 27 while also beating them out in assists with 27 to Boise’s 17. They held Boise State to 43-percent from the field, and forced 13 turnovers. 

Overall it was a really impressive team win. The Ducks had a ton of guys that were able to create their own shot, and it was great to see Oregon continuosly break down BSU’s zone defense. They made the right reads and would always make the correct pass.

A few things that stood out to me tonight were the true freshmen and the three point shooting. It was great seeing Patterson with 17 and also snagging 4 boards. He brings a lot of energy to the court and is aggressive enough to create his own shot. Chandler Lawson also impressed me a ton by scoring 8 points, but also grabbing 9 rebounds, which led the team tonight. He played really hard and helped out a ton on both ends.

As far as the three point shooting goes, it was mostly Anthony Mathis as he shot 9-11 from three, but the rest of the team shot 4-8. After the first game the three point shooting was a concern, but they put that to rest by the incredible display of shooting Saturday night.


 

 
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