Oregon comes from behind to notch tenth win of the season.

The Oregon Ducks (10-2) came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Alabama, 72-68 at Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks in scoring with 23 points, but it a focused defense coming out of halftime that made the difference.

(PHOTO)  Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1) dunks the ball during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Legacy Arena. Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks trailed Alabama 38-26 at halftime as the Crimson Tide’s guard Justin Coleman seemed unstoppable with his shooting and floor leadership. Coleman finished the game with 24 points and it was Oregon’s ability to contain Coleman in the second half that allowed the Ducks to make a dramatic comeback.

That comeback was also aided by some intense play by Elgin Cook who hit nine points (all in the second  half) and some timely free throw shooting by Tyler Dorsey in the final minute of the game that sealed the win for Oregon. Cook also had a game high nine rebounds.

Brooks was 9-of-15 in shooting, including hitting a three pointer and 4-of-4 at the line for his 23 points. He also had four rebounds and five assists. Jordan Bell may have had his best game since returning to the lineup by scoring 15 points and pulling down five boards. Dorsey scored 10 points, four of those from the line in the last minute of play.

Chris Boucher had 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

For the game the Ducks shot 43.1 percent from the field on 25-of-58 shooting including 6-of-16 in 3-pointers and were 16-of-20 from the free throw line.

Alabama was led by Coleman’s 24 while Riley Norris and Arthur Edwards each had 12. The Crimson Tide shot 46.9 percent for the game (23-49) including 9-of-21 in 3-point shots and was 13-of-20 from the line.

Oregon outrebounded Alabama 35-30 while the Tide had five more turnovers (14-9).

The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena on Tuesday, December 29, to take on Western Oregon.


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