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Oregon loses at the MGM Grand to UNLV

The Oregon Ducks suffered the first loss of the season to UNLV in Las Vegas, 80-69 and now are 6-1 in the early season. UNLV improves to 7-1 in a game that they controlled from the start, but Oregon battled back from being 20 points down and at one point were just four back.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) runs with the ball against the UNLV Rebels during the second half at MGM Grand. UNLV won 80-69. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV utilized hot 3-point shooting to build a lead and went into the lockerroom leading 47-33. When play resumed in the second half, the 3-point shooting continued until the Runnin’ Rebels led by 20, 55-35 with 16:16 left in the game and it looked like the game would be a route. However, the Ducks kept chipping away at the lead behind the shooting of Dwayne Benjamin, who finished the night as the game’s top scorer with 21. Benjamin was 8-of-14 including 5-of-8 in 3-point shooting.

The Ducks kept whittling away at the UNLV lead coming as close as 4, 73-69 with 3:34 left in the game, but could not come any closer as foul trouble plague Oregon for the whole second half. Chris Boucher, fouled out with 5:05 left in the game. Boucher finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Elgin Cook had 13 while Dillon Brooks scored 12 and pulled down nine rebounds.

Without Boucher’s size, the Ducks were at a major disadvantage in dealing with UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman, who ended the night with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

UNLV was led in scoring by Ike Nwamu, with 19 points. Jerome Seagars added 16 while Patrick McCaw had 14. A former Duck, Ben Carter was a thorn in his former team’s side scored 10.

UNLV shot 44.8 percent from the field on 26-of-58 field goal shooting including 10-of-23 in 3-pointers and 18-of-31 in free throws.

Oregon shot 39.3 percent on 24-of-61 shooting including 8-of-23 in 3-point shooting and was 13-of-21 from the charity stripe.

Oregon was playing with only eight players and a very scary moment occurred around the 9:52 mark of the second half when Tyler Dorsey fell awkwardly on his left leg. Dorsey was assisted off the floor in what appeared to be a very serious knee injury. However with 4:23 left in the game and Oregon trailing 71-64, he came back into the game and was able to play until the end scoring a total of 13 points.

Up next for Oregon is a trip to Hawaii to play Navy at Pearl Harbor on December 7. 

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