Sunday’s game was a bit sloppy, particularly in the first half as the Ducks turned the ball over 10 times though that number was cut to five in the second half.
“We got a long way to go, effort wasn’t bad but first half our activity wasn’t as good as the second half,” head coach Dana Altman said.
Altman was optimistic about the showing from the new players tonight despite the lack of ball movement.
“We got a few things to shore up in three practices,” Altman said. “We don’t have much time; a sense of urgency needs increase real quickly.”
Boucher was the star of the night as he went 6-of-12 in field goals, 1-of-3 at the 3-point line while playing 21 minutes.
“(Boucher) is playing hard in practice and I like the way he is progressing.” Altman said.
Senior Dwayne Benjamin, who finished the night with 16 points, wasn’t surprised by Boucher’s production tonight.
“It’s a little special for me being JC so I know what he’s been through, I’m just happy he is doing well now.”
Benjamin came to Oregon from Mt. San Jacinto Junior College
Guard Tyler Dorsey also exploded onto the scene going 6-10 on field goals, 2-for-4 at the 3-point line, finishing with 16 points in 22 minutes of action.
“(Dorsey) is continuing to come on, his shot looked good tonight,” Altman said. “I like the way he moved the ball up the floor.”
Elgin Cook added 13 and Dillon Brooks contributed 10.
Despite the Ducks going 5-for-18 in 3-pointers, Altman isn’t too concerned as his team heads into this week’s practices. In Altman’s opinion, working on his team’s physicality is top priority.
Oregon used their size advantage against the Raiders as eight shots were blocked by Elgin Cook (1), Boucher (5), and Trevor Manuel (2).
“(Boucher) led the nation last year in shot blocking and it’s nice to see it translate here to D1 level but I mean, he can get them,” Benjamin said.
Heading into upcoming season opener against Jackson State in the Global Sports Shootout at MKA on Friday, Altman looks to sharpen the team’s execution of the offense and increase the defensive activity.
Tipoff for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.