Chandler Debuts, Ducks Down Matadors

Oregon dodges another slow start as the defeat the Matadors

Something has to change for the Ducks. For ten consecutive games, the Ducks have gotten out to a slow start and allowed their opponents to dictate the pace. Once again, Oregon found themselves trailing to a lesser opponent forcing a quick timeout for the Ducks. Despite falling behind and playing the style of ball their opponent wants to play, the Ducks came away from their game against the Cal State Northridge Matadors victorious, 79-56

“The lineup has to change, warm up has to change, bad speech before the game has to change, something has to change. We have come out of the gates slow every time. I’m disappointed,” said Head Coach Dana Altman.

With another slow start, the Ducks found themselves down by as many as 7 in the first half as the offense looked sluggish and out of sync. Oregon committed 7 turnovers and were getting outhustled on the boards as the Matadors held tight with the Ducks. Joseph Young seemed to get the Ducks out of their funk as his 14 first half points paced the Ducks to 50% shooting from both inside and outside the arc.

Joseph Young led the Ducks with 18 points, despite being out for much of the second half after getting a cut above his eye. He would return for minimal action late in the half with the game in hand. With Young on the bench, the Ducks got 31 from their bench, including 13 points from Michael Chandler who saw his first action tonight scoring 13 points in just 7 minutes.

“He had a real good game tonight. He was posting up really well, he had his hands up. He actually wanted the ball so we tried to feed him. He still needs to work on his conditioning but he was playing really hard,” said guard Ahmaad Rorie of Chandler’s performance.

Oregon didn’t wait to settle in in the second half as they quickly jumped out and continually built their lead throughout the second half. Oregon led by as much as 27, much of that due to a +12 rebound advantage in the second half. The Ducks limited the Matadors to just 25% shooting from the field in the second frame and really put the game away on the defensive end.

“We just did a better job going after the ball [in the second half.] We were down 5 and ended up +7 so we were up 12. A lot of it was just effort,” said Altman.

Oregon has a couple days off before they face Delaware State on Saturday. Getting Michael Chandler into game shape is going to be a big point moving forward for the Ducks. If his 7 minute, 13 point performance is a sign of things to come, the Ducks could make some noise this year with a legitimate big man in the middle.

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