Alabama Blasted By Oregon

LAHAINA, Hawaii – The Oregon Ducks defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 92-69, in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in men's basketball action Monday night before a sellout crowd of 2,400 at the Lahaina Civic Center in downtown Lahaina on the island of Maui.

With the result, Alabama falls to 1-2 on the season, while Oregon improves to 3-1 overall. Alabama returns to action Tuesday at 3 p.m. Central Time (11 a.m. in Hawaii) against tournament host Chaminade, a 115-70 loser to North Carolina in the first round Monday night. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Sophomore guard Senario Hillman scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Tide while senior guard Ron Steele added 13 points. Michael Dunigan led Oregon with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Joevan Catron added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Ducks.

Alabama got off to a quick start against Oregon, taking an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of play and leading 10-3 at the first media timeout (15:55 of the first half). JaMychal Green (four points and three rebounds) keyed the early surge, but also collected two personal fouls in the first 4:05 of action. After Green sat due to fouls, Hillman heated up, scoring seven points while hitting 3 of his first 4 shots from the field, including a three-pointer that gave the Tide a 17-11 lead at 11:43 of the first half.

Hillman entered the Oregon game with a career-best scoring game of 13 points set last season at Mississippi (March 1, 2008). Hillman scored 16 points to lead all Alabama scorers.

With the loss, Alabama and Oregon have split their two meetings in basketball. In the only previous meeting, Alabama had an 87-86 win over the Ducks in the 2003 Las Vegas Showdown on Dec. 20, 2003.

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