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Home Win Streak Ends At 28

Jan 23, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. — Playing after a two-week layoff and without two key players due to COVID-19 protocols, the No. 21 Oregon men's basketball team lost 75-64 to Oregon State on Saturday night in Matthew Knight Arena.

With leading scorer Chris Duarte and starting swingman LJ Figueroa watching from the bench in street clothes, the Ducks struggled to solve OSU's defense. More than half Oregon's field-goal attempts — 29 out of 54 — were from three-point range, and the Ducks shot 38.9 percent overall. Oregon also was badly outrebounded, 42-23, including on its own end, where the Ducks had just five offensive boards.

The loss for Oregon ended a streak of 28 straight wins at home.

"There's no reason to get outrebounded like that; it's just effort," UO coach Dana Altman said. "They out-fought us."

How It Happened: The game was competitive early, with Eugene Omoruyi hitting a jump shot in the opening minutes for a 9-9 tie. But the Ducks would go on to miss their next 10 field-goal attempts, allowing OSU to mount a 19-6 run to a 28-15 lead.

Oregon's fortunes began to turn when freshman post Franck Kepnang (below) provided some rare points in the paint, banking in a hook shot for his first career field goal to end the string of misses. Amauri Hardy and Aaron Estrada hit three-pointers, and Eric Williams Jr. ended the half with an emphatic dunk, the Ducks' fifth straight made basket as they rallied within 34-28.

The hot streak continued after the break, briefly. Omoruyi and Jalen Terry hit three-pointers, making it seven straight made shots by the Ducks and tying the score 34-34. Oregon State responded with a 12-1 run, however, and the Ducks didn't get closer than six the rest of the evening.

Who Stood Out: Omoruyi had 15 points and nine rebounds, the only UO player with more than three boards. Terry added 13 points, Williams finished with 11 and Estrada scored 10.

What It Means: Hopefully, Saturday's game will be an outlier as the Ducks welcome Duarte and Figueroa back to the lineup soon. Altman said both those players actually were able to participate in practice Friday, though protocols dictated they weren't able to participate in Saturday's game.

Notable: Chandler Lawson and Terry each made his first start of the season, in place of Duarte and Figueroa. It was the first career start for Terry, the freshman guard who himself had been sidelined by protocols since Dec. 19. … It was the third different starting lineup deployed by the Ducks this season. Duarte had started every game of the season, and Figueroa was a regular starter for the five games following N'Faly Dante's knee injury. … Non-scholarship players Will Johnson and Gabe Reichle both got into the game in the first half as the short-handed Ducks rotated often to stay fresh. Reichle's brother, Zach, was a starter Saturday for the Beavers.

Up Next: The Ducks play at UCLA on Thursday ( 6 p.m., ESPN).