EUGENE, Oregon — No. 22 Oregon struggled to win against Montana, 81-67, on Tuesday night. Fortunately for the Ducks, Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher did most of the heavy lifting from Matthew Knight Arena. With the win, Oregon extended their school-record winning streak to 32 straight games.
The SI cover boy registered a game-high 23 points, including a career-high 19 rebounds for a monstrous double-double. Boucher added five blocked shots.
The former Villanova product continued to exhibit his vast skill-set. Ennis recorded 11 points by halftime. He concluded with 22 points, including three assists, two blocks, and a rebound. The senior guard drilled seven of his 10 shots attempted, including three of five from downtown. He is proving to be invaluable on this current roster.
Don’t let the box score fool you, the Ducks did not play well. Montana really faded at the end.
The Grizzlies entered the contest 0-4 on the road (now 0-5), but looked like an unbeaten team during spurts. If the Ducks play like this against No. 2 UCLA in two weeks, it will be Oregon’s first home loss in years.
Payton Pritchard, Tyler Dorsey, Ennis, Boucher, and Jordan Bell drew the start for head coach Dana Altman. Brooks came off the bench once again.
The Ducks led by four points, 38-34, as they entered the locker room at halftime. Boucher led the way with a game-high 12 points, en route to his gigantic evening.
Oregon stormed the Grizzlies with a 10-2 run to open the second half. Yet, Montana would not go away.
The Grizzles were led by sophomore Ahmaad Rorie. The guard exploded for a team-high 19 points on the Ducks. He kept the game close throughout. Rorie chipped in with five boards, three assists, and a steal, as well.
Brooks finished with six points after missing his first three shots of the night. It was his worst performance of the young season. The junior entered the contest averaging 13.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 2.6 APG for 2016.
The freshman, Pritchard, added 12 points, four dimes, two steals, and a rebound. He continues to start at guard, gaining invaluable experience.
Oregon shot 51.7 percent from the floor, successfully making 30 of their 58 shots. The Ducks’ poor 3-point shooting continued however, missing 13 of 19 attempts.
Next up for the No. 22 Ducks (9-2) is UNLV (5-4) on Saturday. The game will take place at the home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Tip is set for 8:00 p.m. PCT from the Moda Center. It will be considered a “home” game for Oregon.
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