DUCKS 66 - BRONCOS 54
The Oregon Ducks (7-3) defeated the Boise State Broncos (4-6) by a score of 66 to 54.
Before the game started, Oregon announced that they would be without Bol Bol, who suffered an undisclosed left foot injury sometime last week.
Bol, the team’s leading scorer with 21 points per game, was forced to ride the bench in a protective boot and for the first half of the game it appeared Oregon’s offense would not be able to overcome his absence. But after being held to a measly 24-point opening half, the Ducks outscored the Broncos 42 to 26.
Without Bol, Oregon’s veterans had to step up their offensive game; Junior Payton Pritchard scored 19 and Senior Paul White scored 14.
Victor Bailey Jr. was the only other Duck to score in double digits and may be earning himself a starting spot soon. The high point of Bailey Jr’s night took place with seven minutes left in the first half. The sophomore scooped up a fought-after ball and jammed it home, then quickly followed that up by taking the lead with a triple after a steal from Pritchard.
Outside of Pritchard, White and Bailey Jr, no Duck was especially effective offensively. Luckily, Oregon was able to limit RJ Williams and Justinian Jessup (Boise States’ leading scorers with 15.9 and 13.1 points per game, respectively) to a combined four points. And once Oregon began to fight harder for defensive rebounds, Boise State’s defense began to crumble due to the increase in tempo and scoring opportunities for the Ducks.
Miles Norris no longer has his redshirt due to his one minute of playing time in this game, a debut that was planned for last week but was postponed once it became clear that San Diego was playing Oregon close.
*Payton Pritchard (38 min) 19 pts - 5 reb - 1 ast - 3 stl - 7/12 FG - 1/3 3PT - 4/4 FT
*Paul White (32 min) 14 pts - 5 reb - 1 stl - 4/6 FG - 1/2 3PT - 5/7 FT
*Kenny Wooten (22 min) 5 pts - 4 reb - 3 ast - 2 blk - 1/3 FG - 3/4 FT
*Will Richardson (31 min) 2 pts - 5 reb - 1 ast - 1/3 FG
*Abu Kigab (8 min) 1 pt - 2 reb - 0/3 FG - 0/2 3PT - 1/2 FT
Victor Bailey Jr. (22 min) 13 pts - 3 reb - 4/6 FG - 1/2 3PT - 4/4 FT
Louis King (21 min) 5 pts - 5 reb - 1 ast - 1/5 FG - 1/3 3PT - 2/2 FT
Francis Okoro (14 min) 5 pts - 1 blk - 2/2 FG - 1/2 FT
Ehab Amin (11 min) 2 pts - 4 reb - 1 ast - 1 stl -1/3 FG - 0/2 3PT
Miles Norris (1 min)
BOISE STATE STARTERS
Alex Hobbs (38 min) 21 pts - 2 reb - 1 ast - 8/15 FG - 5/7 3PT
Marcus Dickinson (35 min) 11 pts - 3 reb - 1 ast - 1 stl - 3/6 FG - 1/1 3PT - 4/6 FT
Zach Haney (27 min) 11 pts - 4 reb - 1 ast - 5/7 FG - 1/1 3PT - 0/1 FT
Justinian Jessup (38 min) 2 pts - 3 reb -2 ast - 1 blk - 2 stl - 1/9 FG - 0/4 3PT - 0/2 FT
RJ Williams (18 min) 2 pts - 3 reb - 1 stl - 0/6 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2/2 FT
With three non-conference games left on the schedule, and a questionable Bol Bol, it’ll be interesting to see how this young team deals with adversity. If tonight was any indication of what’s to come in the near future, then perhaps we’ll see a more defensive minded team with a larger dose of Victor Bailey Jr. on the floor.
NEXT UP: FLORIDA A&M
12/18, Tuesday, 3 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK, Eugene