The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball finally played their first away game of the season, and came away with a victory over #18 UNLV, 83-79. The 5-0 Ducks are now off to an impressive start, their best since the 2006-07 season. Last night’s victory went a long in way in displaying the revolution of Oregon Duck basketball.
This game started exactly as expected. The Rebels jumped out to a 9-2 lead behind the play of their uptempo offense, raucous crowd, and stellar freshman, Anthony Bennett. Altman quickly called a timeout and adjusted the Ducks. The Ducks slowed things down with their match up zone and went to a three quarter court press. The Ducks immediately put on a 23-7 run of their own with steals, rebounds, and clutch threes.
The two teams went back and forth all game.The Ducks led, 40-37, at halftime, and the game was close for the entire second half. Freshman guard Damyean Dotson scored the last four points for Oregon and led the Ducks with 19 points. Carlos Emory and Ben Carter were big off the bench for Oregon, combining for 28 points.
In a crazy second-half that had sixteen lead changes, the Runnin’ Rebels raced out with an 8-2 run to take a 45-42 lead at the 14:50 mark. Reinhardt led their second-half run, making four 3-pointers. But even then the Ducks never backed down, and using a 13-5 run of their own they set the tone for the rest of the game. Freshman Ben Carter was unstoppable down low, fighting for offensive rebounds when it counted. Arsalan Kazemi was astute with his mid post game, picking and choosing when to attack off the dribble and when to back his guy down. At the guards, Domenic Artis came up big with his eleven points and huge clutch shots.
Last night’s game, however, belonged to two guys. Damyean Dotson and Artis once again were the difference makers for the Ducks, combining for 30 points, 5 assists, and 9 rebounds. But more importantly, Dotson left fans in awe with his go-ahead hook shot, with 19 seconds left in the game, that gave Oregon the victory. He would tack on 2 more with free throws, but when Oregon needed someone to create their own shot, get into the lane, and force the action, Dotson was the guy. The unique recipe of Dotson and Artis in the back court gives Oregon the perfect combo for teams to deal with considering the problems Tony Woods, Austin, Emory and Kazemi provide down low.
Oregon will now play No. 22 Cincinnati Saturday at 7:30 PM PST.
The Rebels extended their NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games scoring a 3-pointer. It has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 843 games played since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87.
Anthony Bennett led the Rebels with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Reinhardt also scored 18 points while Mike Moser added a minimal effort of 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Oregon shot 41 percent from the field and an even worse 15 percent from three. UNLV was 35 percent from the field and 26 percent from three.
Oregon leads the all-time series with UNLV in men’s basketball 3-1
Last night’s victory also snapped the Rebel’s twenty game home winning streak.