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Oregon Basketball

Oregon MBB Blows Out Portland 80-41

December 19, 2020

LJ Figueroa got the start in place of N’faly Dante, moving Eugene Omoruyi to the 5 spot. Oregon started off the matchup with Portland with very strong defensive play, racking up 2 steals only 1:30 into the game. The Ducks were hustling on the offensive end as well, grabbing 2 offensive rebounds in around the same amount of time. 3 minutes in Oregon already had an 8-point lead, 11-3.

Duarte started the game hot, hitting 2 threes and an and-one for 9 total points only five minutes in. Portland had trouble covering Oregon’s three-point shooters, often allowing a trailing LJ Figueroa. Unfortunately, Figueroa had trouble knocking them down, going 0-3 from deep halfway through the first half. Aaron Estrada checked in at 10:46, seeing the court for the first time as a Duck.

It seemed early on that the Ducks figured out their issues from behind the arc they had against USF, shooting 4-8 from three with 8 minutes left in the first half. Duarte really came out strong defensively, racking up two quick blocks on a play to give him 3 blocks and 1 steal with 6 minutes still left to go in the first and Oregon up 28-14. Lok Wur came in and cleaned up a Duarte missed three for a second-chance putback and his first points of the game with 2 minutes left in the first half. The Ducks started pulling away from the Pilots toward the end of the first half, going into halftime up 16. Halftime score: 35-19 Ducks.

At half, the Ducks were 14-28 from the field, 5-13 from three, and 2-3 from the line. 12 turnovers total with 4 each from Omoruyi and Williams. However they did have 5 blocks and 4 steals. A key difference between the Ducks and Pilots at half was their Field Goal Percentage. 50% from the field for Oregon, 19% for Portland.

Coming out of half, Figueroa continued following his shot like he’d done all first half, and it paid off again, grabbing his own miss and laying it up for two. Omoruyi also got his scoring going besides two threes in the first half, driving and dunking it home 2 minutes into the second half. Oregon seemed to have it all figured out coming out of halftime, going on a 9-0 run with 16 minutes left in the game going into timeout. 44-19 Ducks.

Portland’s timeout may have been to try and slow the Ducks down, but it didn’t work. A quick three from Duarte and a three-point play from Figueroa out of timeout pushed the lead to 50-19 with 15 minutes left. Halftime also didn’t seem to stop the Duck’s defensive presence, either. Seven minutes into the second half, Oregon already added three more steals to their total, capitalizing on them to push the score to what can officially be called a blowout, 56-24 Ducks.

Despite benching their starters, Oregon continued their dominance, holding a 66-30 lead over Portland with 7:30 left to go. Jalen Terry had a nice play blocking a driving Pilot guard out of bounds, and keeping the Duck lead as large as possible. Lok Wur also hit a nice three in the defender’s face to put the Ducks up by 35 with 5 minutes to go, Wur’s first three of his collegiate career.

Toward the end of the game, coach Altman went deep into the roster to find players to give minutes to in garbage time. Eddy Ionescu, Gabe Reichle, Luke Osborn, and Will Johnson all saw time alongside Lok Wur. Reichle hit a nice corner three and Johnson hit a jumper and a pair of free throws. Ducks close out the dominant win up 39. Final Score: 80-41.

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