Oregon Threes Overpower Herd, 89-69

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Oregon Ducks used a barrage of three-point buckets to take an 89-69 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday night in men's basketball action at the Charleston Civic Center. The Ducks shot an impressive 78 percent from behind the arc in the first half and 62 percent for the night behind the three-point line to take command of the game.

Bryce Taylor scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Ducks over the Thundering Herd as Marshall fell to the Oregon for the second time in two seasons. Aaron Brooks paced the Ducks by scoring 13 of his 16 points in the second half including a pair of trifectas to cool off the Herd after pulling within eight points with 13:08 left in the second half.

Marshall was led on the night by a pair of 17-point performances from junior Mark Patton and sophomore Tre Whitted. Freshman Joe Miles was the only other Herd member in double-figures with 10 points on the night.

The Ducks took a quick 6-0 lead on a pair of three-point field goals and never looked back as it took a 39-24 lead into the lockerroom at halftime. Oregon shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor in the first half on 15 of 25 shooting. In comparison, the Herd shot only 31 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes on 9 of 29 from the field.

The Herd received a strong effort from Whitted off the bench after he came in to ignite a Herd rally to close the gap to five with at 29-24 on a three-point play with 6:06 remaining in the first half. However, the Ducks would then pull away after a pair of three-point field goals would build the lead again to double-figures and go in at the half up 15.

Junior center Mark Patton sparked a Marshall rally to close the gap to 10 with 15:09 remaining in the second half after his second three-point goal, but the Herd would get no closer than eight as Oregon pulled out to a lead of 63-45 behind some more lights out three-point shooting with 9:54 remaining in the contest.

Marshall wouldn't pull any closer as the Ducks went on to the 89-69 victory.

The Ducks outrebounded the Herd 37-22 on the night and outshot Marshall 62 percent to 50 percent on the night.

Rounding out the scoring for Oregon in double figures were Malik Hairston with 15, Ian Crosswhite with 13 and Chamberlain Oguchi with 11. David Anderson tossed in nine points for the Thundering Herd in only 13 minutes of action while A.W. Hamilton added eight assists on the evening.

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