Even though Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher were the game MVPs, Dillon Brooks led the team with 23 points in 24 minutes of play going 9-16 from the field and 5-8 from downtown. Brooks also ended the game with three rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two steals.
“Yeah, it’s nice to get a blow out on the last game of the year,” Senior Charlie Noebel said about his last home game for the Ducks.
Ennis, a fifth year senior from Canada, finished the game strong with 20 points on 7-11 shooting from the field and going 3-6 from beyond the arc. Ennis also tallied six rebounds, three assists and one block.
“Our last game at Matthew Knight, I couldn’t predict that we would have had a game like that,” said Ennis. “It was a great way to end here.”
The other Canadian, Boucher ended with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Boucher fouled out with 7:48 remaining in the game and was given a standing ovation from the Pit Crew and the Matt Knight faithful who according to Boucher, makes “every day feel like a senior day.”
“Definitely something I will remember forever,” commented Boucher on his family being able to see his final home game as a Duck. “I wasn’t expecting a big game like that.”
A majority of the first half was a lot of back and forth basketball. Neither team could really figure each other out and pull away. Oregon ended the first half with a 13 point lead, 45-32, prior to that the biggest lead was 8 points and that was by Oregon at the 14:34 mark. In the first half Brooks and Ennis were the leading scores combining for 29 of the Ducks 45 points. Both players were feeding off each other’s performance.
At the start of the second half, the Ducks came out firing on all cylinders and never looked back as they extended their lead on a 27-2 run, that had started at the end of the first half. Oregon’s offense and defense was too much for the Buffaloes as they saw their lead increase to 36 points with just over three minutes left.
For the game the Ducks seemed liked they made every shot they took going 34-59 (57.6 percent) from the field, 16-29 (55.2 percent) from three point territory and 17-23 (73.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
For Colorado, George King and company tried their best to keep up with Oregon, but they couldn’t get anything going as they shot 26-60 (43.3 percent) from the field, 9-27 (33.3 percent) from the three and 12-18 (66.7 percent) from the free throw. King led the Buffs with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists. Dominique Collier was the next leading scorer at 13 points, one rebound, one assist and two steals.
You could say Oregon got revenge from their last meeting in Boulder which resulted in a 74-65 loss, which ended a 17 game winning streak. In 1938-39 the Oregon National Title team won 25 games a record that is one win away from being tied.
Next week, the Ducks travel to the Bay Area to take on the Cal Bears, Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN2 and Saturday February 25, 2017 @ Stanford at 1 p.m. PST on Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks will close out the regular season in Corvallis against the Beavers on March 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. PST on ESPN or ESPN2.
Official Box Score from GoDucks.com