The Oregon Men’s Basketball team were without two key starters on Saturday losing to Oregon State 75-64 at Matthew Knight Arena.
The loss also snapped a 28 game home winning streak that extended back for two years. It was one of the longest winning streaks in the nation. Oregon returned to action following a two-week layoff due to COVID-19. Not only did they face Oregon State, but both Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa were out of the lineup due to COVID-19 protocols.
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Oregon State used solid defense as the Ducks that were on the floor struggled to get points in the paint for the game. Over half of their field goal attempts were from three-point range, a statistic that is not the norm for Oregon Basketball, but improvisation seems to be playing a part for the 2020 season.
Oregon who was out of sorts on defense, sent Oregon State to the line to the tune of 22 made free throws out of 24. The Ducks were outrebounded 42 to 23 for the game. Despite the struggle, Oregon was able to hold onto the ball with just 7 turnovers for the game while forcing Oregon State into 12 turnovers for the game.
Eugene Omoruyi led the way for the Ducks with 15 points and 9 rebounds. He was among four players scoring in double figures. Oregon was 8 of 29 from three-point range led by Jalen Terry who was 3 for 4. Two Ducks found themselves in foul trouble with Erick Williams Jr and Terry ending the game with 4 personal fouls.
Oregon State had three players in double figures. Warith Alitishe finished the game with 14 points and 16 rebounds. In reference to the rebounding battle, Head Coach Dana Altman simply said that Oregon State fought for them more.
Oregon Basketball hopes to get back on track with both Duarte and Figueroa back in the lineup later this week. The Ducks travel to UCLA to take on the Bruins on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 pm Pacific Time on ESPN.