The Oregon Ducks were vying for their first four game conference win streak since the 06-07 season, and it sure didn’t look like they were going to get it at the end of the first half.
Garrett Sim shows perfect form on a three that goes in despite being fouled. Sim scored seven quick points to get the Ducks back into the game early in the 2nd half.
Yet the Oregon Ducks stormed back in the second and were victorious 75-68.
In one of the best examples you’ll see of a tale of two halves, Oregon shot a combined 22.6% in the first half, compared to 51.5% for the Bruins. This included a 1-6 performance by EJ Singler, losing the rebound battle 26-16, only having 3 assists between the entire team. The one thing the Ducks had however was free throw shooting. Oregon was 8-8 from the line, while the Bruins were only 1-8. That was a major factor in the Ducks even being within 13 at half.
At halftime the Rose Bowl champion Duck football was honored and the crowd gave them an ovation clearly louder than any noise they had made for the basketball team that day. That would change quickly as the second half started.
After a couple free throws, Oregon got a turnover and Garrett Sim made a huge three and was fouled, and would convert the free throw for a four point play. Tony Woods came up with a big block on the very next possession and Garrett Sim drilled another three, to give him 7 points in 2 Oregon possessions.
This was the beginning of a 15-2 run for the Ducks, which was capped off by an absolutely highlight reel putback slam by Tony Woods to tie the game at 39. From that point though, the Ducks went into one of their offensive comas and went nearly 5 minutes between field goals. Sim and Devoe Joseph then both had big threes and Oregon soon took the lead back.
From that point Jon Loyd hit a big three and EJ Singler had a three point play and a jumper, which was the second to last field goal for the Ducks with 4:24 left.
The Ducks definitely turned up the intensity in the second half as they put on the full court press, creating several turnovers. They also out-rebounded the Bruins by 10 in the second half, and shot much better.
From that point it came down to free throws for Oregon, who had been making them all night (unlike the Bruins). Oregon finished off the Bruins from the line, shooting 28-32 at the night from the charity stripe, including EJ Singler who was 16-17. The Ducks went on to win 75-68
Several players really stepped it up for the Ducks, primarily in the second half
EJ Singler only had 9 points with 7:49 remaining in the game, but finished with a career high 26.
Garrett Sim had an amazing 7 points in 2 possessions (surely a rare feat) and was the spark for the Ducks amazing second half. Sim finished with 16 points.
Tony Woods was a major inside presence in the second half, especially on defense. Woods only had two blocks, but disrupted several shots.
Tyrone Nared had 8 rebounds and 2 assists, mostly in the second half.
Jon Loyd had a perfect night shooting, making his only free throw (a three) and going 2-2 from the line.
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