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Oregon Cools Off Portland State

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The Oregon Ducks (8-3) have rolled off a third-straight victory, 95-84 over the Portland State Vikings (8-3).

Kenny Wooten is making a name for himself in his freshman year and joins a small group where notable Ducks, Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher, are also part of the list. Wooten became the fourth Oregon player to record six blocks in the game. He also added 18 points, highlighted by six slam-dunks.

After a dismal effort from the floor last game, Elijah Brown returned to form by leading the Ducks with 22 points. Payton Pritchard went 4-4 from the three-point range and finished with 18 points.

For the ninth-straight game, Pritchard has scored in double digits for the Ducks. He also added seven rebounds and seven assists.

Oregon shot 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point range.

Troy Brown has shown no signs of wear since returning to the lineup with his third consecutive double-double (10 points, ten rebounds). He nearly got his first career triple-double, but Elijah failed to convert his layup, keeping the freshman with only nine assists.

Unlike last game against Texas Southern, the offense found a rhythm throughout the game for Oregon. The Ducks took a 50-39 lead at halftime but came out a little flat. A cold start allowed the Vikings to get back in the game, trailing by two during the second half. Oregon finally responded with a 10-2 run, keeping the Ducks in control the rest of the game.

Ball control remains an issue still for coach Dana Altman’s team with a season-high 18 turnovers in the game. The Vikings held a 29-4 edge in points off turnovers while also outscoring the Ducks on second-chance opportunities, 41-12.

The Ducks did manage to out-rebound the Vikings, 43-35.

Bryce Canda scored a career-high 31 points for Portland State in the loss. He scored 26 points in the second half. Deontae North added 23 points.

Portland State saw their four-game win streak come to a halt after shooting only about 38 percent from the floor. The win streak first began after defeating Stanford in the Phil Knight Invitational. Wins against Portland, LMU, and Santa Clara extended the winning streak before losing to Oregon.

Oregon hits the road for a Saturday matchup against Fresno State (9-2) before returning home to round out non-conference play against Central Arkansas.

Tipoff begins at 3:00 p.m. with a telecast on CBS Sports Net.