When the Ducks played against the Utah Utes on Sunday, Oregon fell short of finishing off the game and walking away with a victory. Despite losing 77-80, there were still a couple of shining stars in the Ducks’ defeat.
N’Faly Dante and Jermaine Cousinard put on a show in their road appearance.
Dante played for 29 minutes and earned a double-double. Finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, the senior seems to have made a full comeback from his early-season knee injury.
He also contributed two blocks and a steal on the defensive end of the court.
To add to Dante’s impressive performance, Cousinard played for nearly the entire game. The senior guard racked up 26 points, more than a third of the team’s total. He also earned four rebounds, four assists, a block, and a steal.
Combining for 49 points (63.6 percent of the team’s offense), Dante and Couisnard truly put up a winning performance.
Sadly, the rest of the Ducks fell short of glory.
Shooting 44.6 percent from the field, Oregon couldn’t produce the points necessary to defeat the Utes. The Ducks allowed eight turnovers while only getting seven total steals throughout the game.
While the team brought down 24 defensive rebounds, they struggled to get second chances on offense, only getting 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Oregon combining for only 28 points without the contributions from Dante and Couisnard wasn’t sustainable in the Pac-12 matchup.
Head coach Dana Altman and the Ducks will face Arizona State at home on Thursday, January 25th.