Oregon Basketball: Ducks Use Early Run To Beat Central Arkansas

Payton Pritchard defends against Boise State at Matthew Knight Arena
Payton Pritchard defends against Boise State at Matthew Knight Arena /

Oregon Basketball was without Paul White, but MiKyle McIntosh and Payton Pritchard played a role in a 96-82 win.

It marked the fifth straight win for the Oregon Ducks as they enter Pac-12 Play next week. Payton Pritchard led four players in double figures leading the way with 24 points and 8 assists. Troy Brown and MiKyle McIntosh were both 3 for 4 from beyond the arc helping Oregon to 60 percent shooting from three-point range against Central Arkansas.

Oregon was off to a fast start hitting a 10-2 run in the first ten minutes of the game. Despite Paul White not playing, Oregon was effective inside with 44 points in the paint. Kenny Wooten, who earned his first start had 8 points and 3 blocks.

Dana Altman and Oregon Basketball finish the non-conference slate with a 9-3 record, winning 5 straight games taking some positive momentum into Pac-12 Conference play where it seems the usual suspects in Arizona and UCLA are struggling.

The Wildcats face UConn on Thursday night at 6 pm PT. Arizona is trying to avoid their 4th loss of the season.

Against Central Arkansas, Oregon did a better job at limiting fouls, making more free throws than the Bears. The Ducks also had 10 turnovers, but found Offensive Efficiency with 22 assists, led by Pritchard.

The Oregon Ducks enter Pac-12 play as the second highest scoring team in the Conference behind Arizona State. The Sundevils were on fire out of the gate and are ranked 3rd in the Nation this week. Arizona is ranked 18th. The Utah Utes visit the Ducks on December 29th and average just under 80 points per game.

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Oregon and Utah tipoff at 7 pm on December 29th on Fox Sports 1.