Oregon played extremely well to pull off a tough 77-70 win in Chicago at the United Center, home floor to the Chicago Bulls Saturday. Joseph Young, suffering through a shooting slump recently, did not start but was the second leading scorer for Oregon with 15 points. Emerging freshman star Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 13 to pace five Ducks in double figure scoring. Of interest was facing Ahmad Starks who played for Oregon State and transferred to the Illini and scored five points against his former Pac-12 foe.
Down by four at half and a deficit of thirteen at most, the Ducks made the most of their athleticism in the paint as they scored forty points there as compared to 20 points for Illinois to help come from behind. Most of the scoring from freshman Ahmaad Rorie occurred at crunch time to help lift the Ducks as he hit three free throws with 1:31 left, and a clutch jumper that sealed the game with 12 seconds remaining. He had a layup at the buzzer to finish all scoring as the Ducks looked sharp in the black with yellow trimmed uniforms for the first time this season.
The 24 points for Brooks was a season high for him as he leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring thus far this season with a 14.8 average. Oregon has improved to 6-3 on the season and plays again this Wednesday at Matt Knight Arena, hosting Cal-State Northridge at 8:00 PM. Come support this improving team!
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