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Oregon Basketball

Oregon MBB Escapes the Huskies 74-71

December 12, 2020

Washington jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead but Oregon responded and led 8-7 at the first media timeout. N’faly Dante got things going and had a pair of buckets in the paint to start the scoring off. Chris Duarte had a great steak and was able to finish through traffic.

Washington started forcing up some tough shots but Oregon wasn’t able to take full advantage of it yet. Oregon led 25-21 with just under 8 minutes left. Eugene Omoruyi got things going and had a quick 8 points. He was doing a great job at passing out of the high post and finding open shots for other players. Dante was using his size to dominate on the glass and had a quick 5 rebounds.

Oregon slowed down a bit on offense and led 29-27 with just under 4 minutes left. Oregon was getting good looks but just couldn’t put the ball through the net. LJ Figueroa made a few shots but just couldn’t seem to get his rhythm going even though he was getting open looks.

Oregon took a 41-31 lead into halftime. It was a strong close to the half as they went on an 8-0 run in the final minute and a half. Duarte hit a big time corner 3 and Eric Williams Jr was able to get on the board as well after playing great on the defensive end of the court.

Amauri Hardy had a fantastic finish through contact. Hardy is going to be great once Oregon gets Will Richardson back. Hardy is a lot more natural playing off-ball, and he’ll be able to play off Richardson. It seems like he’s playing a bit outside of his comfort zone currently but he’ll benefit greatly once this team is back to full health.

Oregon opened up the half playing well and led 53-40 with just under 16 minutes left. Williams Jr had a clutch 3 as the shot clock expired and Figueroa had a great move where he was able to draw a foul and hit the shot. It felt like Oregon was close to really taking command of the game.

Both teams started trading baskets again and Oregon led 60-49 with just under 12 minutes. Washington was hitting some tough shots and keeping themselves in the game. Eugene picked up a 3rd foul and had to come out and it just seems like this team slows down quite a bit when he’s not on the floor.

Washington went on a quick 6-0 run to cut into the lead. Oregon still led 60-55 but they had a couple of bad turnovers and weren’t able to hit some shots. 

Oregon was able to build the lead back to 67-60 with just under 4 minutes left. It looked like they ran out of steam for a bit on both ends but they were able to hit enough shots to hold the lead.

Washington continued to cut into the lead and had a couple of chances to tie the game but they weren’t able to hit a shot when they needed to. Oregon takes the 74-71 win in Seattle to start 1-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall.

The ducks didn’t start great but had a great stretch to end the 1st half and start the 2nd half. Then things got a little dicey for Oregon and they weren’t having a ton of success scoring the ball. They were getting looks but just couldn’t knock down the shots.

Eugene Omoruyi and Chris Duarte led the team in scoring with 14. Eugene shot just 3/11 from the field but he was having success at drawing fouls and shot 8/8 from the free throw line. 

Eric Willams didn’t shoot the ball great shooting just 4/11 from the field but he finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists as well as knocking down 2 3’s. It was a really impressive performance from him and he was able to notch 3 steals. It was arguably his best game so far this season.

N’faly Dante notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He got most of his points in the 1st half as he didn’t play a ton in the 2nd half. It seems like Oregon is taking it slow with him and easing him into playing more minutes.

Oregon shot just 38 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 46 percent. Oregon hit 4 3’s while the Huskies made 7. The keys to Oregon winning was them making 20 free throws while holding the huskies to just 10. Oregon also won the offensive rebounding battle 17-7 and committed 12 turnovers while the huskies had 16. The Huskies shot better in every aspect but Oregon did a good job at getting to the free throw line and scoring off the Huskies turnovers.

Oregon definitely should’ve been able to run away with this game when they were up 13 at one point in the 3rd quarter, but the offense slowed down and they allowed the Huskies to get back into the game.

It was great to see Oregon close out a tough game on the road, but it was a bit frustrating that they even allowed this to be a game. They desperately need someone who’s able to attack the hoop and once they get Richardson back this offense could look a lot different.

No one on Oregon shot the ball particularly well and it was just an off night shooting the ball. Oregon doesn’t have a game until December 23rd against UCLA, but there’s always a chance we see a game added at some point in that time.

Regardless of how it looks, it’s always great to start conference play with a win and it makes it all the sweeter it came against the Huskies in Seattle.


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