No. 22 Oregon downs UNLV 83-63 in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Dillon Brooks had 20 points, including 16 in the second half, and the No. 22 Oregon Ducks extended their winning streak to eight games with an 83-63 victory over UNLV on Saturday night at Portland’s Moda Center.
Tyler Dorsey added 18 points while Jordan Bell had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Oregon (10-2), which led by 23 points in the second half. The Ducks have held 11 straight opponents under 70 points.
Jovan Mooring led the Rebels (6-5) with 20 points. Tyrell Green added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Oregon was without leading scorer Chris Boucher, who was on crutches and wearing a boot on his right foot on the Ducks’ bench.
It was unclear when Boucher was injured. He played in Oregon’s 81-67 victory at home over Montana on Tuesday night, scoring 23 points with 19 rebounds. He was a rebound short of becoming the Ducks’ first player since 1977 with 20 or more points and rebounds.
Boucher, a 6-foot-10 senior, is averaging 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for Oregon this season. He ranks 10th nationally in blocks.
Boucher’s absence made way for Brooks’ first start of the season. Brooks has played off the bench since returning from offseason foot surgery.
Brooks was key to Oregon’s success last season, when the team won a school-record 31 games while claiming the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles. The Ducks earned a first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.
The Ducks led by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Rebels closed within 34-29 late after Tyrell Green’s layup, but Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey answered with a 3-pointer.
Green hit a 3-pointer for UNLV to narrow it to 37-33 at the break. Green led all scorers with 15 points in the half.
Oregon went on a 10-run to open the first half, capped by Payton Pritchard’s 3-pointer, as the game started to get away from UNLV. The Ducks stretched the lead to 55-36 on Dorsey’s layup.
UNLV: The Rebels are in the midst of a tough stretch where they’ll face three ranked teams. They lost at No. 5 Duke 94-45 last Saturday and they’ll host No. 3 Kansas on Thursday. ... The Rebels are playing their first season under coach Marvin Menzies, hired after Chris Beard left the job after only a week in March to become head coach at Texas Tech.
Oregon: With Oregon’s women ranked No. 25 this past week, it is the first time both the Ducks’ men and women are ranked since January 1995. The women’s team played in the early game Saturday night, defeating Portland State 90-46. ... Oregon has been ranked in the Top 25 for 14 straight weeks dating to last season.
LOCAL KID: Payton Pritchard drew cheers from the Portland crowd when he hit the Ducks’ first basket of the night, a 3-pointer. The 6-foot-2 freshman point guard played for West Linn High School just south of Portland. He’s played at the Moda Center before, when West Linn defeated Sheldon in the 2014 Class 6A state championship game.
UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels return home to face Southern Illinois on Monday.
Oregon: The Ducks host Fresno State on Tuesday, the team’s final nonconference game before Pac-12 play starts.