Oregon bounced back from their first loss of the season and beat Navy, 67-47. Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 19 points. The Ducks were short handed and relied on their defense. Oregon recorded a season-high 14 steals.
Dwayne Benjamin started for the first time this season. The senior scored 16 points and grabbed three rebounds. Chris Boucher had a big impact in the game and finished with 14 points and three blocks.
Injuries limited the Ducks, Tyler Dorsey didn't play after suffering a injury to his leg against UNLV. Jordan Bell warmed up with the team, but the sophomore sat out with Dorsey. Dylan Ennis was on a scooter and doesn't look like he will play on this road trip.
Oregon started off fast, going on a 11-4 run to start the game. Brooks and Boucher used their length to disrupt passing lanes. The press was too difficult for Navy and the Ducks got easy points off of turnovers.
Ducks on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 lead with under 15 minutes left in the first half. Brooks leading the Ducks with six. Boucher with five.— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) December 8, 2015
Benjamin made an immediate impact in his new role. The senior had an emphatic slam dunk that gave Oregon a 14 point lead with less than four minutes to play in the half.
Oregon went into halftime with a 36-23 lead. Turnovers limited Oregon in the first half, but the Ducks built a comfortable lead. The difference in the first half was Oregon's size and ability to get to the free throw line. Oregon went 9-10 from the free throw line compared to Navy's 2-7.
Brooks finished the half with 13pts/4reb/3ast. Boucher has 7pts/8reb/2blk, and Benjamin with 9pts/2reb/2stl. #GoDucks— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) December 8, 2015
The Ducks couldn't pull away from the Midshipmen at the beginning of the second half. Navy matched Oregon's intensity and a dunk by Will Kelly sparked the Midshipmen bench. With Dorsey out, Oregon was missing their best three-point threat. The Ducks struggled to rebound, allowing Navy second chance opportunities. After both teams traded three-pointers Oregon's lead was cut to 10 with over nine minutes left.
48-38 Oregon both teams trade threes. Navy has hope, which isn't a good thing if you're Oregon.— Matt Prehm (@Prehmmr247) December 8, 2015
Boucher had a big putback of his own that gave Oregon life. A couple possessions later Casey Benson hit a three-pointer that gave the Ducks a 55-42 lead with over five minutes left. Oregon finished the game with three consecutive dunks, giving Oregon their largest lead of the game at 20.
Oregon now with their biggest lead of the night at 20 points. 67-47, Ducks with under a minute to play. #GoDucks— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) December 8, 2015
The Ducks will travel to Boise State and play the Broncos on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.