Oregon Basketball finally had their 2020 home opener on Monday night against Eastern Washington. The Ducks won 69-52 making it their 23rd straight victory in home-opening games.
Matthew Knight Arena was void of fans, but PA Announcer Don Essig was a touch of normalcy for those who were in attendance. Eastern Washington played Eugene Omoruyi to the tune of two early fouls working to get him out of the game. Omoruyi still finished the game leading the team with 18 points in 30 minutes on the floor.
Oregon Basketball under Head Coach Dana Altman has usually found ways to get the most out of certain situations and to get ahead in the process. Eastern Washington nearly pulled off the win against Arizona last week and came into Matthew Knight Arena looking for a similar outcome. Eastern Washington put up 26 three-points attempts against the Ducks. They landed 5 of them. Oregon was 8 for 21 from beyond the arc with Eric Williams Jr. leading the way hitting 3 of 5 from distance.
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The Ducks played their second straight game without Will Richardson who is out and recovering from a thumb injury. In just his second game as a Duck Transfer LJ Figuroa came through with a double-double scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds after having his NCAA Waiver approved just a few days ago.
Oregon had 28 points from their bench along with 13 second-chance points. The Ducks were able to overcome a game-high 14 turnovers, which at this point of the young season could be seen as expected with a team that has not played much together in 2020. Oregon also had 8 offensive rebounds.
Oregon will have two more games this week. They host Florida A&M on Wednesday night at 8 pm Pacific Time before opening Pac-12 play traveling to Washington to take on the Huskies on Saturday at 5 pm Pacific Time. Following the Washington game, will currently have 11 days off before facing Cal.