Tajuan Porter led all scorers with 23 points en route to the Ducks' comfortable victory Sunday night over the Beacons of Northwest Christian University. The junior from Detroit was pure from long range, hitting five of nine three-point attempts and displaying no issue in dealing with the new three-point line which has been extended this season by twelve inches from its previous distance of 19 feet 9 inches.
"I don't really shoot from the line," said Porter after the game, "so it really has no effect on me."
Sunday's game also marked the debut for seven newcomers to the Oregon team, headlined by highly touted freshman center, Michael Dunigan. Dunigan, who is one of four Chicago natives for the Ducks this season, exhibited his imposing 6'11'' 255 lbs. frame and flashed tremendous potential in the post throughout the contest. Despite finishing with 11 points and only one rebound, Dunigan was particularly impressive on the the defensive end of the floor, blocking four shots (one of which was sent in to the third row behind the Beacon bench) and altering countless others.
"I was nervous!" exclaimed Dunigan. "With this being my first collegiate game, I was nervous all the way in to the second half."
While Dunigan and company may have certainly had some butterflies going in to their first game as Ducks, it was difficult to observe as the game progressed and the young team settled in after trailing for a considerable portion of the first half. In addition to Dunigan, freshmen Matthew Humphrey, Teondre Williams, and Josh Crittle also had a substantial impact in Sunday's contest. Humphrey and Crittle both chipped in with 14 and five points, respectively, with Humphrey leading all Duck rebounders with eight total. Williams contributed seven points himself and, along with Humphrey, appears to possess a wealth of athleticism from the wing positions.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent seemed to be quite satisfied with this particular quartet of freshmen, stating that, "[the freshmen] were all really, really, really poised. There are things we need to clean up and we're aware of that, but tonight was good and they'll only get better."
Notes: Jordan Whittenburg lead NCU with 20 points on five of eight shooting, hitting four of five three-point attempts, and going a perfect six of six from the free-throw line. Also, Frantz Dorsainvil was one of four Ducks in double figures in scoring on Sunday, accounting for 10 points and five rebounds.
Porter Paces Ducks in Exhibition Victory
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