The Oregon Ducks (5-1) defeated the San Francisco Dons (5-4) by a score of 74 to 64, extending their winning-streak at Matt Knight Arena to 25 games.
Eugene Omoruyi led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor, but in truth the Ducks did not look great offensively against a determined Don defense. Eric Williams Jr. (16 points), Chris Duarte (11 points), and Amauri Hardy (11 points) also finished in double-digit scoring, but ultimately it was the Duck defense that earned the win in this one.
Altman will have plenty to loudly talk about in Oregon’s next practice before facing Portland on Saturday as the Ducks started and ended the game sluggishly. San Francisco drained a triple to open up scoring and then built a 16-9 lead thanks in part to some poor shooting from the Ducks.
However, Oregon responded by going on a 15-2 run on their way to a 41-31 halftime lead. The Ducks then added to their 10-point advantage by starting the second half scoring 11 unanswered points. It appeared Oregon was on their way towards another home-court blowout victory—leading by 15 points with around three-and-a-half minutes remaining—but sloppy play and five late Duck turnovers allowed the Dons to score nine consecutive points to make it a six-point game with 1:31 left on the clock.
Both teams shot poorly from deep: Oregon 4-of-19; San Francisco 8-of-35, including a stretch in which the Dons missed 19 straight three-pointers. The Ducks scored 42 points in the paint despite starting big man N’Faly Dante being held to just four points in 10 minutes due to an apparent minor injury. Due to the NCAA’s decision to give transfers immediate eligibility Aaron Estrada made his debut by tallying two minutes at the end of the opening half.
Fortunately, a pair of made free throws by Duarte and a jumper by LJ Figueroa sealed the 74-64 victory.
NEXT UP: Portland
Saturday, 12 PM, PAC-12 Network - Eugene, Oregon