EUGENE, Oregon — The No. 23 Oregon Ducks found their chemistry against Savannah State, 128-59, on Saturday afternoon from Matthew Knight Arena. With the easy victory, the Ducks extend their school-record home win streak to 30 straight games.
The 128-point effort breaks the previous record (121) for most points scored in a game by an Oregon basketball team. The 1970 Duck team scored 121 against Portland. It also broke the record for most points scored in a game at MKA (108).
The Ducks played their most complete game of the young season. This is the team experts predicted to win a national title. No. 23 Oregon did not disappoint against an inferior opponent.
Oregon is now 48-2 vs non-conference opponents from MKA. They move their record to 98-13 all-time from Matthew Knight Arena.
Dana Altman kept his early-season rotation the same. Kavell Bigby-Williams drew the spot-start against Western Oregon. He was back on the bench Saturday.
Payton Pritchard, Tyler Dorsey, Dylan Ennis, Chris Boucher, and Jordan Bell drew the start. For the sixth time this season, Dillon Brooks came off the bench.
The Tigers didn’t pose much threat to Oregon’s unblemished home record. At halftime, Brooks, Dorsey and freshman Keith Smith combined to outscore Savannah State themselves, 40-35.
The preseason All-American, Brooks, has returned to form. Saturday was simply his coming out party. Brooks was brilliant, finishing with a season-high 22 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a block. His previous high was scored in his last game, 21, against Western Oregon.
Brooks shined, yet Dorsey stole the show. The sophomore guard exploded on Saturday afternoon for a season-high 29 points. He was 12 of 16 from the floor, and made five of his eight attempts from deep. Dorsey led the way, including his game-high 20 points in the first half.
Dorsey certainly helped elevate the Ducks shooting from the floor to 60 percent on the day. Oregon drilled 12 of their 35 attempts from 3-point territory.
For the second straight game, Altman found playing time for 11 Ducks. The most encouraging sign was the Oregon bench outscored the starters, 69-59. Everyone had an opportunity to find their rhythm.
The Seattle product scored a career-high 15 points off the bench. The freshman played heavy minutes, recording a nice line with eight boards, six dimes, and two blocks. Altman wants to see his freshman handling greater responsibility down the road.
Roman Sorkin chipped in with a solid 12 points, eight boards, two assists, and a rejection.
Bigby-Williams returned to the bench, notching his first double-double with the Ducks. The junior college transfer finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots. He is becoming the fourth piece of the puzzle for the shot-block party.
Ennis concluded with 11 points, six boards, four dimes, and two blocks.
Savannah State recorded the most 3-point attempts in MKA history. The Tigers hoisted up 50 shots from downtown Eugene. They sunk just 11 for 22 percent on the day.
Next up for the No. 23 Ducks (7-2) is Alabama (4-3) next Saturday from MKA. Tip is set for 3:00 p.m. PCT against the SEC’s Crimson Tide. It will be the fourth of nine consecutive home games for the Ducks. Oregon is currently 5-0 at home.
Record Day for Ducks
Jordan Bell Monster Jam
Smooth Finish by Dillon Brooks
Pritchard to Boucher Alley-Oop
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