After losing three of the last four games, the Oregon Ducks responded with a second-half surge to defeat the Colorado State Rams, 95-65.
Elijah Brown had a career-high 20 points to pace Oregon (6-3) over Colorado State (4-6) as finals week concluded at the university. The Ducks had eagerly waited to return to the court after seeing their 46-game win streak at home end last week.
Brown was effective in his shooting, going 7-9 in field goals and 4-6 from the three-point range. The transfer from New Mexico is starting to find his shooting touch after a slow start to his season.
Troy Brown returned to action after missing time due to experiencing concussion symptoms from the game against Oklahoma. Brown posted his first double-double as a Duck with 12 points and ten rebounds.
Along with Elijah and Troy, four players on Oregon posted double figures in scoring. Kenny Wooten put on a show for the crowd at Matthew Knight Arena with three emphatic dunks on his 13-point night.
Payton Pritchard, Paul White, and Mikyle McIntosh were the other three to register at least ten points in the game.
Oregon entered halftime leading 38-32 before breaking the game wide open in the second half. Defense and physicality concerned Coach Dana Altman the previous games but saw a better effort against Colorado State.
The Ducks scored 26 points off 16 turnovers by the Rams and held a 23-4 advantage on second-chance opportunities. Coach Altman continues to hammer his team about playing tight, and the results showed for at least one night.
Prentiss Nixon had 25 points for the Rams. Colorado State had no response after halftime as Oregon dropped 57 points in the second frame. The Rams averaged about 13 offensive rebounds per game but had only six in the evening. Turnovers proved costly where Oregon capitalized.
Oregon returns to action on Monday with a home contest against the visiting Texas Southern Tiger (0-8).