While it was only an exhibition, Oregon’s Chris Boucher looked like he was in midseason form on Monday night, leading the No. 5 Ducks to an 86-51 win over the Northwest Christian Beacons at Matthew Knight Arena.
Boucher scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and a block in 20 minutes. His swagger was in full effect as well, dabbing early on after completing an alley-oop dunk and draining a three-pointer on consecutive possessions in the first half. No, like he literally dabbed. He also gave a Dikembe finger wag, too. It was majestic.
While the Beacons held Boise State close on Saturday night into the second half, this one wasn't close from the start. The Ducks came out of the gates swinging, jumping out to a 27-4 lead, eventually leading 50-18 at the halftime.
Tyler Dorsey and Dylan Ennis added in 11 points each, while Kavell Bigby-Williams also reached double figures with 10 points.
As a team, the Ducks shot 46 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arc. Oregon also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Beacons 48-16 from down below.
Oregon’s roughest stretch of the night came after building a 60-22 lead when they missed eight straight shots. The Ducks didn't let the cold spell affect them and built their lead back up to 41 points with 3:39 left, their largest lead of the night.
After the game, Dana Altman wasn't shy on hiding the fact that he wants his team to improve defensively, especially on the boards. That was a huge reason why the Ducks lost to Oklahoma in the Elite Eight last year, and one has to think it happened again in their recent closed scrimmage.
With the exhibition behind them, the Ducks now turn their attention to Friday night’s official season opener against Army at Matthew Knight Arena. The game tips off at 8:00 PM PT and can be seen on Pac-12 Networks.