It was a milestone day for Oregon senior guard Tajuan Porter, who, in his 100th game as a Duck, claimed the school record for career three-pointers made. Porter led the Ducks in scoring Saturday afternoon, pouring in 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range. The Detroit native was one of four Ducks to score in double-figures this afternoon and appeared to be noticeably relieved to finally have the record in the rear view mirror.
"There was a lot of people talking about it," said Porter of the record, "They were putting pressure on me, telling me I've got to get the record and do all this…I knew I was going to be get it, but I'm just glad it's over so we can move on with this team and with this season."
Upon breaking the record, a timeout was called to acknowledge Porter's tremendous accomplishment, however it appeared as if there was some confusion on Porter's part when Oregon head coach Ernie Kent shoved him out of the huddle to take take a bow and bask in the moment.
"I wasn't paying attention," said Porter, "Coach Kent grabbed me…he pushed me out there and I'm like, ‘What's going on?' and then he told me…I was so focused and in tune with what was going on in the game."
Porter's intensity and focus seemed to key the play for the rest of his teammates. Junior LeKendric Longmire chipped in 16 points, while sophomores Michael Dunigan and Teondre Williams each scored 11 points a piece. Kent was particularly giddy about Dunigan's play this afternoon, as he piggybacked his five block effort last night with a team-high eight rebounds as the Ducks outrebounded the Aggies 42 to 14.
"Mike is still figuring some things out," said Kent of his big man, "That's the good thing for Oregon. The bad thing for Oregon is when he figures it out, he going to have a lot of people knocking on his door. The biggest thing is that his energy is just so good…I'm just elated that he's starting to block shots now. That's the Mike we saw in high school and on the AAU circuit."
Junior college transfer, Malcolm Armstead continues to impress with his ability to penetrate and dish the ball to open shooters. Armstead contributed seven assists -- turning the ball over only twice -- and has had a "calming effect" on players like Porter and Garrett Sim according to Kent."
"He's just a very, very good player," said Kent of Armstead, "It's kind of that Aaron Brooks-Tajuan Porter relationship they have right now in that Malcolm is a very good point guard who understands the game. I think he's relaxed Garrett as well too. I think Garrett is going to have some great games now."
Despite shooting over 50 percent for the game, UC Davis had difficulty keeping up with Oregon's pace. Center Dominic Calegari led led the Aggies with 13 points while forward Joe Harden and guard Mark Payne were Davis' other two double-figure scorers, with both players scoring 12 a piece.
Sunday is the final day of the BTI Tip-Off as the Ducks will face off against Colorado State in the second game of tomorrow's doubleheader at 3:30 pm. UC Davis and Winston-Salem State will kick things off 1:00 pm.
Ducks Down UC Davis, Move To 2-0
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