In the second half, the Ducks showed glimpses of their open court exploits. Opening up leads into the mid-teens, Oregon's transition opportunities allowed them to pull away from Montana.
Leading Oregon's offensive charge were Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson who both finished with 18 points. Freddie Jones added 16 points in limited minutes. Despite his troubles at the foul line, Robert Johnson still managed to post a career high 15 points on 5-6 shooting.
Montana's top scorer for the game was forward Ryan Slider. Slider, a Tigard, Oregon native finished with 12 points. Brent Cummings and Dan Trammell added ten points each. Trammel also had two crowd-awing blocks to swing momentum Montana's way.
"This is the first win in a two game tournament. We have three two game tournaments we have to win. Our championship for this tournament is on Saturday," Oregon Assistant Coach Greg Graham told OSN after the game.
Oregon's next opponent will be the ACC's Wake Forest Demon Deacons who finished the regular season with a 20-12 record. Saturday's two versus seven match up is anticipated to be a fast paced, run and gun ball game. Audiences can look to Wake Forest's Darius Songaila who averaged 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds during the regular season, to be a major part of the Deacons' offense. If Oregon manages to win, they will move to the Sweet Sixteen in Madison, Wisconsin.
Stats from www.goducks.com.