Oregon arrives at domination station on the backs of Louis King and Paul White, while hitting a season-high 13 triples.
For the first time in what feels like all season, or at least since Bol Bol’s injury, Oregon came out of the gates on fire. Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss to UCLA in overtime, King and company took advantage of a shortened bench with USC’s star guard, Kevin Porter Jr. suspended indefinitely.
The Ducks found their range from deep early on hitting 6-13 in the first half. Once in rhythm, Oregon controlled the game. Ball movement was a major key in their ability to get wide-open looks routinely from beyond the arch, finishing the game with 16 assists. White and Pritchard had the hot hands from long-range each going 3-5. As a team Oregon shot 13-24 (54.2%) from three.
White tied a career-high in points against USC with 19 earning Player of the Game honors.
Tonight's Player of the Game is @pdubbb13.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) January 14, 2019
The redshirt-senior tied his career-high with 19 points. He also registered 5 rebounds and a season-high 2 blocks. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/m5dXoHCLxs
It wasn’t till the second half that Oregon began to really assert their dominance, extending their lead to a game-high 26 points with just 5:12 remaining on multiple runs in the half. Shooting 16-25 (64%) from the field and 7-11 (63.6%) from beyond the three-point mark.
The Ducks down USC, 81-60, to get their first Pac-12 win!#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/VIWfSL8k8e— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) January 14, 2019
Take-aways from the game:
- King showed his diversity on offense and defense proving why he was considered a five-star recruit out of high school.
- Best ball movement seen out of Oregon all season. They did a fantastic job attacking USC’s zone defense by penetrating inside and making the extra pass for the wide-open three.
- Pritchard almost hits 1,000 career points. Sits at 998 currently.
- Offense is really starting to click. Guys are understanding responsibilities, where they should be and how to move off the ball.
- Second chance points in favor of Ducks 17-6.
- Players are starting to look comfortable in Dana Altman’s system. USC had almost no answer for the press and zone defense, especially in the second half.
- White without a doubt played his best game of the season. Easily the most active he’s been on both ends of the court.
- Still Trying to get used to Richardson’s hair.
*Payton Pritchard: (32 MIN) 9 PTS / 0 REB / 5 AST
*Francis Okoro: (23 MIN) 3 PTS / 6 REB / 0 AST
*Louis King: (30 MIN) 19 PTS / 8 REB / 6 AST / 2 STL
*Paul White: (25 MIN) 19 PTS / 5 REB / 2 AST / 2 BLK
*Victor Bailey Jr: (25 MIN) 10 PTS / 1 REB / 1 AST
Will Richardson: (24 MIN) 11 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
Miles Norris: (13 MIN) 3 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
Ehab Amin: (26 MIN) 7 PTS / 5 REB / 2 AST / 2 STL
Will Johnson: (1 MIN) 0 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
Luke Osborn: (1 MIN) 0 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
*Bennie Boatwright (35 MIN) 13 PTS / 8 REB / 2 AST
*Nick Rakocevic (24 MIN) 11 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST
*Shaqquan Aaron (30 MIN) 7 PTS / 2 REB / 2 AST
*Derryck Thornton (25 MIN) 6 PTS / 4 REB / 3 AST
*Johan Mathews (36 MIN) 15 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST / 2 STL
Elijah Weaver (28 MIN) 5 PTS / 2 REB / 5 AST
J’Raan Brooks (10 MIN) 3 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
Victor Uyaelunmo (9 MIN) 0 PTS / 1 REB / 0 AST
Devin Fleming (2 MIN) 0 PTS / 0 REB / 0 AST
McKay Anderson (1 MIN) 0 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST
Following the major bounce-back victory over USC after losing two-straight home games, The Ducks are on the road and headed to Arizona, Thursday, to face the 13-4 Wildcats. If Oregon can pull off the upset they’ll have their second conference victory after last night’s effort and will be back to .500 in conference play.