The Ducks were back in Eugene looking to go 2-0 on a quick home stand as they took on the Long Beach State 49ers. After shooting a quick 0-4 in the early going the Ducks responded by hitting their next five straight field goals to make the score 12-8.
Long Beach State began to outshoot their season average from beyond the three point line as they hit their fourth three in less than ten minutes to cut the Duck lead to just two points. To respond the Ducks kept plugging away inside as they found their advantage that way. With less than eight minutes to play, forward Jordan Bell led the way (tied with Tyler Dorsey) with eight points in the game.
Dillon Brooks began to pick up the pace at that point as he racked up his nine points to take the Ducks to a nine point lead at the under-four minute time out. Unfortunately for the Ducks they were not able to contain Long Beach State's Travis Hammonds who racked up 21 points in the FIRST HALF, for a career high. Thankfully for the Ducks, the offense showed up at home to bring a 40-39 lead into half time.
Coming out of halftime the 49ers looked to take advantage by going on a quick nine to two run to make the score 48-42. With the Ducks in need of somebody to step up and stop the 49er run, Dillon Brooks answered with a three to bring the Ducks back within three. Going into the under-16 minute timeout the Ducks had cut the lead back to a 48-47 deficit thanks to the effort from Brooks.
Oregon finally broke back through to regain the lead thanks to the effort from Dillon Brooks and his seven straight points. With the Ducks knocking down free throws all over the place, Oregon took a three point lead back into the under-12 minute timeout.
Following the timeout the Ducks flexed their muscles by going on a run to push the lead to ten. Oregon was led in the run by Chris Boucher and Dwayne Benjamin. Following the run, the Ducks entered the under-eight minute timeout with a 68-58 lead. After the timeout it was the Tyler Dorsey and Elgin Cook show as they took the Ducks to a 81-65 lead with just over four minutes to play in the game.
The Ducks iced the game with the final minutes remaining to push the final score to 94-73. For the first time in close to two years the Ducks had six different players score in double digits. The Ducks racked up 54 points in the second half to put the game away.
Who is the go-to man? My biggest worry about this team in the early going is I still don't know who "the man" is on this team. Sometimes it seems like Dorsey, sometimes Brooks, and sometimes whoever decides to show up and that's not a terrible thing. But, with that being said I believe that this team needs one single player to turn to when things get rough. Who knows, perhaps Dylan Ennis will be this player once he returns? But, in the meantime I think that either Dorsey or Brooks need to claim this team as their own.
Oregon players of the game:
Dillon Brooks. 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks.
Tyler Dorsey. 17 points, 7 rebounds
Elgin Cook. 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists