Oregon’s energy from their previous win over No. 2 UCLA carried over into tonight’s game as Oregon got out to a fast and hot start jumping out to an early 13-4 lead four minutes into the game. Brooks led the way scoring 20 of his 28 points in the first half shooting 6-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
With about 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the Ducks defense and offense started to lose control and allowed the Trojans to take their first and only lead 16-15. Trojans biggest lead of the game was four, 19-15 and then the Ducks started to pour it on and never looked back as they went into halftime leading 38-29.
Dylan Ennis opened up the scoring at the start of the second half by getting five quick points to push the Ducks lead to 43-29. Oregon's biggest lead was 31 points, 70-39 right before the 8:00 minute mark of the second half. Ennis was the star player of the second half scoring 16 of his 20 points while adding six rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals.
Chris Boucher helped out his team in a big way by collecting five blocked shots in the first half, which is four more blocks than what the Ducks had against UCLA on Wednesday. Boucher also added 11 points, six rebounds and one assist to go with those blocks.
What fans witnessed tonight is what Oregon fans have been waiting to see all season long by their reigning Pac-12 Champions. Oregon was in total control of the game from start to finish, probably playing one of their most sound and complete games. The Ducks shot 32-of-64 from the field, 8-of-20 from the three and 12-of-18 from the free throw line.
“The numbers that really stick out, 24 assists and 6 turnovers,” Altman said, speaking about his team's tremendous play. “The positives tonight were ball movement and points off of turnovers, 23-to-4 that was the big advantage tonight.”
De'Anthony Melton was the star player for SC scoring 13 points while collecting five rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. Jonah Mathews was the second leading scorer for the Trojans adding 11 points in 25 minutes of play. Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart had 10 points each and combined for 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Trojans didn’t look like the No. 22 ranked team they claim to be as they had 17 turnovers and shot a horrendous 31 percent from the field tonight. SC shot 18-of-58 from the field, 7-of-18 from the 3pt and 18-of-22 from the free throw line.
“Getting them to turn the ball over 17 times in that 23-to-4 advantage was definitely the advantage of the game,” Altman speaking of his team’s great defense. “They didn’t get shots up and we scored 23 points off those turnovers.”
Up Next: No. 21 Oregon Ducks travel to Seattle playing the Huskies Wednesday January 4th, 2017 at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN2.
Official Box Score from GoDucks.com.null