After dominating Concordia, the Ducks upped their level of competition with Ole Miss coming to town Sunday afternoon. A paltry shooting night and poor defense hindered the Ducks as they fell to the Rebels 79-73. While Oregon was able to close the game to a six point loss, the Ducks got outplayed in every major facet of the game and trailed by as many as 19 in the second half.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half with second chance points and points off turnovers and we never recovered,” said Head Coach Dana Altman.
Oregon was unable to contain Stefan Moody who led all scorers with 22, including a three pointer at the end of the first half to give the Rebels a 14 point lead at the midway point of the contest. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks with 21 and Joseph Young added 17 despite a 2 of 10 performance from three.
Oregon played even with Ole Miss through much of the first half but a five minute stretch in the first gave Ole Miss the opportunity to pull away and stay away from the Ducks. Trailing only 3, the Ducks had five chances at the rim but were unable to convert. With the clock winding down, Stefan Moody stole a Casey Benson pass and hit a floater from the top of the key to end the half 47-33 in favor of the Rebels.
“It certainly didn’t help. I thought we had Joe [Young] open for three so we could maybe cut it to 8, but a one hand pass; fundamentally unsound, it cost us. It could have been a six point swing,” said Altman.
Struggling to score, the Ducks saw the Rebels expand their lead to 61-42. The Ducks would chip away at Ole Miss’ lead and got within 9 with just over six minutes remaining but the Rebels would have answers for Oregon’s comeback attempt. Dillon Brooks hit a three as the clock expired to give the final score but Oregon was outclassed through most of the game.
Throughout the game, Ole Miss packed the middle and forced Oregon to settle for three pointers. While the Ducks are normally decent from behind the arc, they could only manage 26% from three. Oregon only committed 8 turnovers, but the Rebels converted them to 15 points, a major factor in the win for Ole Miss.
Oregon will look to get back on track on the road against Illinois. The Ducks came away with a win last season in a thriller, but Oregon is going to be without several of the pieces which fueled that win in Portland.
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