Oregon able to overcome injuries to depleted lineup winning on the road in Boise 62-50.
Bol Bol and Abu Kigab out while being evaluated with left foot injuries and Wooten Jr. to miss 4-6 weeks after jaw surgery.
The silence surrounding Bol Bol's injury just grows louder.@OregonMBB's Dana Altman: "Bol continues to be evaluated."— Andrew Dieckhoff (@andrewdieckhoff) December 27, 2018
The Ducks are down 2 more players -- F Kenny Wooten (jaw) and F Abu Kigab (ankle). This could affect their NCAA Tournament hopes.https://t.co/r4mLQ6XF6v
With a frail frontline for Oregon missing two starters, Bol and Wooten Jr., the team was led by the play off the bench from senior guard Ehab Amin. Besides a brief stint where the Ducks held a four-point lead in the early parts of the first half much of the game was spent trailing. It wasn’t till the second half that Oregon established any sort of dominance going on a 13-2 run to give them their largest lead of the night up until that point, 34-28.
Amin shortly after hit another three extending their lead to nine. The rest of the Ducks rallied behind the senior and closed the game out on the road against a mid-major conference foe they’ve seen just weeks prior.
Buckets didn’t start to fall for Oregon until the second half shooting 24.14% in the first. It took a while to get the ball rolling, but once it did, points came. Floor spacing became evidently better and the Ducks finished out the second half shooting 16-31 (51.61%) from the field and 4-10 (40%) from beyond the arch.
This is a huge win for a program who was short-handed from the get-go, missing three key role players and dominant big-men. With Bol, Wooten Jr., and Kigab out indefinitely till heard-of otherwise, a win like this gives Oregon the confidence that they can go out each night and come out with a victory, even without their freshman phenom.
Take-aways from the game:
- Okoro starting for the Ducks, but struggles to get involved in play offensively.
- Bol and Wooten Jr. out with injuries leaves ducks thin at the forward position.
- Ball movement and getting easy buckets were a struggle, especially in the first half. Ducks only manage 9 assists all game.
- Oregon loses rebound battle 31-33, but dominates points in the paint 24-12.
- Ducks defense remained active all game forcing 19 TO resulting in (13) transition points and (12) points off turnovers. Defense is the best offense, so they say.
- W shows grit from a team that could just as easily have packed it in.
- Bench play carries Ducks to victory with 28 points.
- Amin accounts for 23 points off the bench leading Oregon to the finish.
- Without Bol, Wooten Jr. and Kigab, Dana Altman will continue to mess with his starting lineup to find what works best in their absence.
*Payton Pritchard: (38 MIN) 3 PTS / 3 REB / 5 AST
*Francis Okoro: (19 MIN) 0 PTS / 6 REB / 0 AST
*Louis King: (33 MIN) 9 PTS / 5 REB / 1 AST
*Paul White: (31 MIN) 13 PTS / 5 REB / 0 AST
*Victor Bailey Jr: (23 MIN) 9 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
Will Richardson: (24 MIN) 3 PTS / 1 REB / 1 AST
Miles Norris: (7 MIN) 2 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
Ehab Amin: (25 MIN) 23 PTS / 6 REB / 2 AST
*Zach Haney (15 MIN) 4 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST
*R.J. Williams (22 MIN) 6 PTS / 7 REB / 0 AST
*Marcus Dickinson (35 MIN) 5 PTS / 5 REB / 1 AST
*Alex Hobbs (32 MIN) 6 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
*Justinian Jessup (35 MIN) 9 PTS / 8 REB / 3 AST
David Wacker (11 MIN) 1 PTS / 2 REB / 1 AST
Derrick Alston (21 MIN) 6 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
Pat Dembley (27 MIN) 13 PTS / 1 REB / 1 AST
Malek Harwell (2 MIN) 0 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
Oregon wont officially play again till next year where they’ll face their state counterpart, the Oregon State Beavers. Now personally speaking, orange and black are ugly colors together, but the Beavers will come into Matthew Knight Arena boasting a 8-4 record behind junior forward Tres Tinkle, who leads the Beavers with 19.8 PPG 8.7 RPG and 4.2 APG. They’re matchup against Oregon State will be Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and broadcast on the Pac-12 network.