Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks MBB wins 23rd consecutive home opener in win over Eastern Washington

Oregon Ducks

Twenty-three straight victories -- 23 straight wins in home-openers.

It was a close contest for a good portion of the game, but in the end the Oregon Ducks (2-1) used a late surge to pull away from preseason Big Sky favorite Eastern Washington (0-3), 69-52, at Matthew Knight Arena. 

This game was originally scheduled to tip-off Oregon's season on November 25th but was delayed due to COVID-19 positives within Eastern Washington's program. 

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Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Eugene Omoruyi struggled with foul trouble in the first half, but he still finished the contest leading Oregon in scoring with 18 points on 8-18 from the field. Two early fouls had him sit for a large portion of the first half, which the Ducks won 36-32.

Joining Omoruyi in double figures were LJ Figueroa and Eric Williams Jr. who each had double doubles with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 17 points, 10 rebounds respectively. 

True freshman Jalen Terry impressed in spot minutes scoring eight points, including one catch-and-shoot three-pointer and a coast-to-coast lay-in to beat the halftime buzzer.

Both teams were cold from the field, with each team having trouble defeating the other's matchup zone, but Oregon got its shooting percentage up to 44% while holding the Eagles to 33% from the field. 

Oregon finished the game making five of their last seven shots while Eastern Washington went scoreless for the final 4:36. 

 

Next, Oregon (2-1) will host Florida A&M (0-2) on Wednesday, December 9th at 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Network. The Rattlers are coached by former UO assistant director of operations Robert McCullum.