“Didn’t look good there with 5:30 to go and down seven, and we weren’t playing well,” admitted a relieved Dana Altman of the game. “We had a number of bad possessions offensively and defensively. Very proud of the way the guys regrouped and fought their way back.”
The Ducks had left nearly the entire game but when the score tied at 47 with 8:52 left in the game, things started getting shaky for Oregon. In a stretch of about three minutes the Ducks appeared to be imploding and at the 5:32 mark St. Joe’s Lamarr Kimble hit a jumper to put the Hawks up by seven, 58-51. That’s when the Ducks dug deep and recovered their poise.
Dillon Brooks hit two of his 25-point total at the 4:44 mark and followed up with a free throw to make it a 3-point play to cut the score 58-54. At 4:01 on the clock, Casey Benson drew a foul and calmly sank two free throws and the score showed 58-56. After an exchange of possession, the clock was down to 2:38 and Tyler Dorsey hit a lay up to tie the game.
After Kimble hit another jumper to put St. Joe’s back on top, Dorsey, the talented freshman, hit a huge 3-pointer and Oregon was up 61-60 with 1:57 on the game clock. SJU’s DeAndre’ Bembry went to the line after being fouled by Elgin Cook and hit two free throws and now the Hawks were up 62-61 with 1:37 left. Brooks hit a 3-pointer and the Ducks took the lead for good 64-62 at the 1:22 mark.
Down the stretch it was the Ducks hitting the last few free throws and when the clock showed all zeros, Oregon was the winner.
Brooks was the high point man for the game with 25. Cook added 18 and Dorsey finished with 14. St. Joe’s had four players in double-figure scoring led by Bembry with 16 while Kimble had 11. Aaron Brown and Shavar Newkirk each had 10.
Jordan Bell was the leading rebounder for the Ducks with 11.
For the game Oregon shot 39.6 percent from the field on 21-of-53 shooting including hitting 6-of-24 3-pointers plus was 21-of-25 from the free throw line.
St. Joseph’s shot 38.6 percent on 21-of-57 shooting including 4-of-15 in 3-point shots and was 16-of-20 in free throws.
“We fought back all year,” said Cook of the game. “We just wanted to stay poised and keep our composure.”