Ducks drops 68-62 loss in Detroit

It seemed like the Oregon Ducks (8-3) were headed in the right direction at the start of the second half against Oakland of Detroit. The Ducks overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime and went up by seven points but in the stretch the Ducks failed to execute and lost 68-62.

(PHOTO) Oregon guard Malik Hairston (1) defends as Oakland forward Derick Nelson (1) shoots during the first half of a basketball game at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

"I thought we did a poor job of executing a game plan," Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent told the Oregon Sports Network.

The Ducks were led in scoring by Joevan Catron's 15 points but were hampered by foul problems as Bryce Taylor fouled out of the contest. Malik Hairston and Maarty Leunen both had four fouls. Oregon was whistled for 20 fouls to Oakland's 12. Oakland made it to the foul line 27 times making 18 of those attempts while Oregon saw 11 free trips and sank 10 of those tries. To add to the Ducks' woes, sophomore sharpshooting guard Tujuan Porter was held to three points on his homecoming trip to Detroit on 1-for-9 shooting.

Taylor was Orgon's second leading scorer with 14 points while Hairston had 13. Overall the Ducks shot 40.7 percent on 22-of-54 shooting and out rebounded Oakland 33 to 29 boards.

Derick Nelson was the game's leading scorer with 22 while Erik Kangus and Johnathan Jones pitched in 12 each.

The Ducks now go home for Christmas and according to Kent, the team must look in the mirror to see what kind of team it wants to be. Oregon takes Mount Saint Mary's next on Friday night (Dec. 28) and then the Pac-10 season starts on Jan. 3rd against Arizona State.

"We have to go back and do some soul searching," said Kent. "We have a grueling conference schedule coming up."

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