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Oregon improves to 5-2 for the season.

EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 23 Oregon Ducks returned home to Matthew Knight Arena on Monday night after placing fifth in the Maui Invitational to hold off the Boise State Broncos 68-63. A team who out muscled the Ducks for a 74-72 win last season in Boise.

The Ducks got off to a slow start but were able to make a strong and final push in the winding minutes of the game to claim the victory.

 Dylan Ennis was the offensive surge the Ducks needed as he led the team with 18 points, three points shy of his career best (23) he had playing in Villanova, six rebounds and one assist.

“We got to get the ball moving and that’s the first thing that really sticks out offensively,” said Head Coach Dana Altman on his team's ball movement.

Ennis hit a clutch three pointer with 3:33 remaining in the game that gave the Ducks their second lead of the night 60-58. With Damian Lillard in attendance, after Ennis hit the go ahead 3-pointer, then Ennis looked at Lillard and then pointed to his wrist indicating that it was “Lillard Time.”

“You’re always glad when you find a way to win.” Altman said after the tough win tonight. “We obviously didn’t play very well, but we did find a way to win and that’s always important.”

Ennis was 9-10 from the free throw line while the rest of the team finished 9-19.

“We didn’t shoot free throws well especially early, which didn’t allow us to stay in the game,” observed Altman on his team’s poor free throw shoot ability.

 Tyler Dorsey was the next man up as he ended the night with 17 points, four rebounds and one block. Dorsey nailed a crucial three pointer that brought the Ducks within one point of the Broncos 57-58 with just over five minutes left in the game.

 Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher combined for 14 points and seven blocked shots. Coming into tonight’s game both players were tied with 18 blocked shots on the season.

The Ducks shot 22-50 from the field, 6-20 from the three point line and 18-29 from the free throw line.

After jumping out to a 6-2 lead, the Ducks saw that evaporate when Boise State responded with 13 unanswered points putting the Broncos up 15-6.

“They jumped on us early, got those early three’s,” Altman said of Boise State taking the early lead in the first half.

Boise State’s largest lead of the night was 14 points and Oregon’s biggest was only five points.

Boise State was led by Paris Austin who finished with 16 points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal. Teammate Nick Duncan who was booed every time he touched the ball ended his night with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Justinian Jessup also finished in double-digits with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals for the Broncos.

Boise State shot 21-56 from the field, 11-28 from the three pointer and 10-15 from the free throw line.

“When a team hits over 10 threes, you’re lucky, fortunate if you win,” said Altman, complementing Boise State on its three point shooting.

Up Next: The Oregon Ducks (5-2) host Western Oregon Wolves (3-3) on Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena @ 7:00 PM. Coverage is on Pac-12 Network.

Official Box Score (from GoDucks.com)


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