Oregon Ducks Basketball: Ducks turn up the defense in second half, limit Lions

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After a slow first half, the Duck defense smothers D-II Point Loma

Earlier in the week, Coach Dana Altman had said he was going to treat the Ducks exhibition with Point Loma like another practice. No one bothered to tell the Sea Lions it was just another practice as they managed to lead at half and keep the Ducks' interest as Oregon came away with a 68-52 victory. Waverly Austin posted a double double with 16 points and 12 boards and Jospeh Young led all scorers with 21 in the 16 point win.

The Sea Lions shot the ball well in the first half, connecting for 56% and taking advantage of a lackadaisical Oregon defense. Joseph Young led the charge for the Ducks scoring 15 of his game high 21 in the first half and seemingly willing the Ducks to stay in the game. Despite his efforts, the Ducks trailed 37-35 going into the break.

According to Johnathan Loyd, a fiery half time speech caused the Ducks to refocus and up their intensity on the defensive side of the ball. The Ducks held Point Loma to 17% in the second half as Oregon was able to pull away and head to South Korea with an ugly win in their final exhibition. Turning up the defensive pressure, Oregon kept Point Loma without a field goal for nearly the final five minutes of the game. Waverly Austin punctuated the game with two dunks in the last two Oregon possessions to level the final score.

The Ducks face off against a Hoya team who returns 4 starters and 6 of their top 7 contributors. Oregon knows they are going to have to give their full effort and attention to Georgetown if they are to be competitive on Friday.

"We play like that, we're going to get blown out," said Loyd after the game. Oregon seemed able to swing the ball around early in the game and were moving the Lion zone all around the floor and getting quality shots. The energy just wasn't there on Saturday afternoon though and they will have to improve or like Loyd predicted, it may be a long day for Duck fans on Friday.

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