Oregon opens the Men's season with an exhibition game with Northwest Christian University

The No. 5 Oregon Ducks opened up their 2016-17 season with an 86- 51 win during a home exhibition game against Northwest Christian University on Monday night in Eugene, Ore.

(Story by Garrett Hill)

The Ducks were led by Senior Forward Christ Boucher, who almost had himself a perfect night of shooting. Boucher ended his night with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block in 20 minutes of play. Boucher was 10-13 from the field, 3-3 from behind the line and 2-4 on free throws.

During a four minute stretch in the 1st half, Boucher went on a tear, scoring 11 points out of 16 pushing the Ducks lead to 18-2.

“I’ve been working on a lot of stuff,” said Boucher. “I’m just trying to get stronger and work on my footwork.”

For Northwest Christian University the lone bright moment came from center Kylor Kelley, the only NCU player to score at least 10 plus points in tonight's game. Kelley finished the night with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes of play.

Kelley, who is listed at 7-0, is the biggest player the Ducks have faced so far and it was good for the Ducks bigs to get some playing time against an athlete of his size early on.

“He (Kelly) was kind of a perimeter player,” observed Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “We didn’t do a very good job at blocking out and it wasn’t a very physical game.” “NCU, even though they are a really good team, we’re going to play teams that are more physical so we got to box out more people and play defense.”

Oregon had four new members who saw some playing time in the absence of Dillon Brooks. Of the four, Kavell Bigby-Williams and Payton Pritchard showed their potential for the future.

Bigby-Williams finished the night with 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes while Pritchard contributed nine points, five rebounds along with three assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

“When Dillon gets back into the mix, guys are going to have to play hard and earn some time in practice,” said Altman. “We’ll play as many guys that can help us win a game.”

The Ducks will host Army (season opener) on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena with tipoff at 8 p.m. Pacific.


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