Oregon Basketball: Ducks Struggle In Second Half vs Oregon State

Will Richardson gets back on Defense vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Will Richardson gets back on Defense vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks have a had some success on the road this season, but lost momentum Saturday vs Oregon State 72-57.

Dana Altman watched his team fall apart in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers. The first half saw Oregon take a one-point lead into halftime. The last twenty minutes told the story of how far this team may have to go for a chance to play in the postseason and it may be pretty far.

The Oregon Ducks won the rebounding battle but struggled with 18 turnovers in the game. 18. Altman has spoken about how the team can usually find their way with around 10 turnovers, but not against Oregon State on the road in Corvallis.

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Louis King and Paul White both played over 30 minutes, both finishing with four fouls. King had a team-leading 20 points and was 5 for 7 from beyond the arc. Will Richardson who had a big game at Utah a few weeks ago was silent from the floor on Offense, which is tough for a team that lacks some experience inside. Richardson has been a player who has been able to find that inside shot in recent weeks. For the game, he had just two points in 18 minutes on the floor.

Ehab Amin who has had several important games struggled with shot selection going 1 for 6 from the floor and 1 for 3 from beyond the arc vs OSU.

The battle for the top for spots in the Pac-12 and the coveted bye week in the Pac-12 Tournament is starting to fall out of reach for Altman and the Oregon Ducks, meaning having to win an additional game in Las Vegas without any off days.

Pac-12 play resumes with four of the next six games on the road. Oregon heads South to LA to take on both USC and UCLA. Ducks and Trojans meet on Thursday night.

Tipoff is set for 6 pm Pacific Time on ESPN2.