This was a big game for the Ducks (10-3, 2-2). A win and they knock off a tough opponent, get national respect immediately, look good to the NCAA selection committee and hold bragging rights over their top rival. Instead, Oregon couldn't get anything going and the Huskies came out firing on all cylinders.
"I don't think we competed very hard in this game," Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent told OSN.
Oregon fell behind 12-0 early and then 19-2 after they committed many turnovers. The crowd was rocking and the Ducks couldn't do anything. Tre Rollins, Joel Smith, Jamaal Williams and the rest of the Huskies (14-2, 4-1) were dominating. Anything they did worked.
Finally the Ducks tried to climb out of the hole when Bryce Taylor, who led Oregon with 16 points, made Oregon's second field goal attempt right around the 10 minute mark. Oregon went on an 8-0 run behind four points and great rebounding from Maarty Leunen and the Ducks were just down 12. A couple of Taylor three pointers and a Leunen free throw later and the Ducks were just down eight with just over four minutes to play in the half.
After a little back and forth basketball, the first of the game, an Ian Crosswhite put back made it an 11 point game at the half. It looked like the Ducks could make a serious run at this one.
A 7-0 Oregon run to start the second half had them down only four at 40-36 but then Bobby Jones banked in a three pointer and the air was out of Oregon's sails. The Huskies quickly pulled away and blew the Ducks away.
The Ducks had a lot of problems in this one but one of the biggest might have been their field goal shooting. Oregon was just 21-56 from the field for a 38 percent mark. They also turned the ball over way too much to even think about having a chance at a win. Oregon had 22 turnovers, 12 of which were in the first half.
Oregon did find a bright spot in the once again stellar play of freshman Maarty Leunen. The forward from Redmond notched another double digit rebounding game with 10 boards. He also added seven points in 25 minutes off the bench.
"Maarty worked his way into the starting lineup because he's outplayed Ian Crosswhite," Kent told OSN about the next game's starters. "He continues to come on."
Crosswhite and Aaron Brooks struggled in tonight's game. They combined for 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists, 11 turnovers, two steals and seven fouls.
"When those two guys don't play (well), we're going to be in for a tough time," Kent told OSN.
Next up for the Ducks are the Washington State Cougars on Saturday. The Cougars beat Oregon State tonight 63-45.
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