"We had to get stops tonight," guard Jason Calliste relayed after the game. "All of the other games were just easy-flowing. Guys had it going. Once you get it going, you think you can outscore a team. It's not going to happen every night. You've got to lock up, rebound and defend. That's how you're going to get it done if you want to win. Defense wins."
Even though Utah Valley shot just 37.9 percent from the field, it was a 17-5 Wolverine run to end the first half that brought them within 29-25 of the Ducks, leaving Altman displeased.
"I thought we started the game pretty well defensively, had the lead and then we gave them three lay-ups and a wide open three and got their heads back up and back in the game," he said.
"Too many guys thinking about the wrong things," Calliste added. We're not going to outscore every team we play. We've got to lock up and play defense."
Oregon used a 16-0 run early in the second half to make quick work of the Wolverines. It was the second big run of the game, the first a 17-0 run in the first half that got the Duck out to a 20-4 lead.
Then, according to Altman the Ducks got lethargic on offense, relenting to a defense that pleaded with them to attempt deep shots, while trying to take away the driving lanes.
"I thought their defense, playing us really soft, just got us standing around. The ball movement was not good on the offensive end," Atlman said.
The results was 14 first half three point attempts, including five straight misses to end the half. The Ducks drew just three first half fouls, leading to only two free throw attempts, both misses by Elgin Cook with 3:11 left in the first half.
Joseph Young once again led the Ducks in scoring, this time with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Young, who led the nation with 28 free throw attempts, had just three for the Ducks Tuesday.
Johnathan Loyd was the only other Duck to score in double figures, chipping in with 12. "After six days off, I thought we'd be sharper," Altman said.