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Ducks improve to 8-2 for the season.

EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 24 Oregon Ducks played host to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday afternoon in Eugene, OR. The Ducks held on to beat the Tide 65-56 behind Tyler Dorsey’s 19 points. Dorsey led the Ducks with 19 points in 39 minutes of play while gathering three rebounds, one assist and a steal.

Dorsey had the hot hand tonight shooting 6-of-12 from the field and hitting 5-of-8 of the three pointers the team made.

Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks, the only other Ducks to reach double-digit scores, each had 10 points in 51 combined minutes. Boucher finished the night with four rebounds, one assist, three blocks while Brooks had two rebounds, six assists, one block and four steals.

The Ducks led 31-23 going into the half but after some bad communication and ball movement, Alabama made a late surge taking a one point lead 54-53 with 4:12 remaining.

“In the first half a lot of our buckets came from assists.” Dorsey said of the good team ball movement.  “The ball movement did slowdown in the second half.”

Dylan Ennis hit a crucial 3-pt shot right before the shot clock expired giving the Ducks the go ahead lead 59-56 at the 1:41 mark of the 2nd half.

“We’re stuck in the mud a little bit.”said Dana Altman, speaking on the poor defensive play in the second half. “There’s a lot of stuff to work on.”

Ennis ended his night with nine points, four rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals. The Oregon Ducks shot 23-of-52 from the field, 8-of-20 from the 3-point line plus were 11-of-14 from the free throw line.

Alabama was led by Donta Hall who tallied 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while adding seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Ar’Mond Davis was the other Crimson Tide player to reach double-digit figures with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. He also had a rebound and two steals.

Alabama was more active on the offensive side of the ball outscoring the Ducks 42-21 in the paint and getting 21 second chance points to the Ducks 6-points.

“We’re still facing the same problems.” Altman mentioned in the post-game media. “Tonight it was the boards, they pretty much got whatever they wanted.”

The Crimson Tide shot 24-of-58, 2-of-19 from the 3-pt and 6-of-9 from the free throw line for the game.

Up Next: No. 24 Oregon Ducks (8-2) host Montana Grizzlies (3-7) Tuesday December 13th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.


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