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Ducks Win Second Game of Four-Game Home Stand, 65-55

Oregon Improves to 6-3 After Beating San Diego

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A teddy bear toss occurred during halftime between San Diego and Oregon. Cool moment as all 375 teddy bears that were tossed onto the court will be donated to Toys For Tots.

As for the game, a second-half spark of life came across the Ducks with more defensive pressure implemented in the locker room. Oregon forced the Toreros to turnover the ball 16 times and the Ducks had 11 total steals. That’s what I like to see. This was Oregon’s first ever win over San Diego in only their second game played against each other.

Oregon Ducks:

(Starters)

Bol Bol - 20 Points, 9 Rebounds, 4 Blocks

Kenny Wooten - 8 Points, 6 Rebounds

Will Richardson - 7 Points, 3 Steals

Abu Kigab - 0 Points

Payton Pritchard - 12 Points, 7 Assists, 6 Rebounds

(Reserves)

Ehab Amin - 5 Points, 4 Steals

Victor Bailey Jr. - 5 Points

Paul White - 6 Points, 4 Rebounds

Louis King - 2 Points, 3 Rebounds

San Diego Toreros:

(Starters)

Isaiah Pineiro - 14 Points, 9 Rebounds

Olin Carter III - 12 Points

Isaiah Wright - 7 Points, 5 Assists, 8 Turnovers

Tyler Williams - 11 Points, 8 Rebounds

Alex Floresca - 4 Points, 8 Rebounds

(Reserves)

Yauhen Massalski - 6 Points

Tonight’s Observations:

  • Will Richardson (freshman) gets his second straight start over Paul White (senior); Abu Kigab (sophomore) gets his second straight start over Ehab Amin (senior).
  • Ducks went on a 5-minute stretch of not scoring before Paul White hits a jumper from the top of the key.
  • Payton Pritchard shot free throws for the first time in the last four games. He needs to be more aggressive.
  • Oregon started off extremely slow and showed a lack of energy but switched it up on the defensive-end in the last 4 minutes of the 1st half. It can’t be like that going forward as the Ducks need to be playing hard for the full 40 minutes.
  • Ehab Amin showed why he was the NCAA leader in steals at Texas A&M Corpus Christi a couple of seasons ago. He had 4 steals (season-high).
  • Bol Bol has scored in double-digits in all 9 games this season.
  • I’m loving the intensity that Kenny Wooten is bringing to this team right now.
  • Toreros couldn’t get a bucket in the 2nd half against the Oregon zone.
  • Oregon won the rebound battle, 35-31. I haven’t seen that from the Ducks in a while.

This is a quality win for the Ducks. San Diego isn’t a team to take lightly. The Toreros only lost by 3 at Washington. The West Coast Conference possibly will be a two-bid league with Gonzaga, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, and San Francisco all in the mix. Looks good on the NCAA Tournament resume for Oregon.

Next Game - Boise State @ Oregon (9:00 PM ET, PAC12) on Saturday, December 15th

*Arden Cravalho is a senior at Gonzaga University... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho