Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks ground Portland Pilots, showcase lockdown defense

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks took care of business Saturday against the University of Portland Pilots, despite suffering a huge blow heading into the contest. 

Saturday, the Ducks announced N'Faly Dante suffered an ACL tear and was lost for the season. 

They responded by holding the Pilots to 21 percent shooting (12-of-56), the best defensive effort by Oregon in Matthew Knight Arena history. The Pilots also scored the fewest points by a UO opponent in MKA since Washington in 2018 when the Huskies scored just 40 points.

Chris Duarte led the Ducks with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He added 3 blocks and two steals on the defensive end, as well. 

LJ Figueroa added 15 points and six rebounds, while Eugene Omoruyi had 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.

"I like the way we played today," Altman said postgame. "We played much more connected defensively and did a really good job on the boards."

The Pilots entered Saturday's game averaging nearly 82 points per game, with a season low of 72 points. 

The Ducks went on a 19-0 run to close the first half and to start of the second half to put the game out of reach. 

The Pilots are next scheduled to play Montana State on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at noon live on NBC Sports Northwest and 910 ESPN-Portland (KMTT).

The Ducks play their Pac-12 home opener against UCLA on Wednesday (noon, ESPN2)