The Oregon Ducks (10-4, 5-3) flew past the washington huskies (3-14, 2-10) in an 86-to-74 victory at Matt Knight Arena.
EUGENE, OREGON - The Ducks put together arguably their best offensive performance of the season, finishing one point shy of their season high against the Florida A&M Rattlers on December 9. Without leading scorer Chris Duarte or usual starter Eric Williams Jr., Oregon shot 49.2 percent from the floor and 12-of-25 from downtown to sink the Huskies and bounce back from a rough loss against Wazzu on Thursday.
Eugene Omoruyi led the way with a game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 3-of-4 from three-point range. And Will Richardson was a welcome sight as the junior guard came alive in his second game back from injury, tallying 19 points, five assists, two rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes of play.
But the real difference-makers for Oregon came off the bench: freshman guard Jalen Terry helped pull away from a washington comeback effort in the second half by hitting triples on four consecutive Oregon possessions, and freshman Franck Kepnang provided an early spark that helped the Ducks battle back from an 18-14 deficit. Terry finished 5-of-7 with 15 points all coming off of three-pointers, and Kepnang recorded eight points, two rebounds and two blocks while providing a much needed presence from a big man.
The Huskies had rallies in both halves and managed to outshoot the Ducks (51.0 percent). washington forced the Ducks into 15 total turnovers, however, they also coughed up the ball 14 times which resulted in 22 points for the Ducks.
Now, having one their first game in a month, the Oregon Ducks hit the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.
NEXT UP: @ Arizona State
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