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Ducks Learn Tough Lesson In Loss

Nov 16, 2021

PORTLAND — Oregon started cold and BYU stayed hot throughout as the UO men suffered their first loss of the 2021-22 season Tuesday night, 81-49 in the Phil Knight Invitational at Moda Center.

The No. 12 Ducks (2-1) shot 19.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes, falling behind by 19 at halftime. Oregon's offense picked up in the second half, but BYU's 60-percent shooting on the night propelled the Cougars to a one-sided win.

"We were very poorly prepared, and that's my fault," UO coach Dana Altman said. "A team doesn't play that poorly if they're coached well, and I've been soft. We displayed qualities that good teams don't show."

How It Happened: The Ducks took four minutes to get on the scoreboard after the opening tip, missing their first five shots of the night. A three-pointer, a layup and a free throw by Quincy Guerrier tied it at 6-6, but BYU scored nine straight to break the game open. A 10-2 run put the Cougars up 25-11, and Alex Barcello capped a perfect 5-of-5 half with a three-pointer for a 37-15 lead by BYU.

If there was anything for Oregon to enjoy Tuesday, it was the first-half season debut by post N'Faly Dante, in his return from a knee injury suffered last season. Dante finished Tuesday's game with four points on 2-of-5 shooting and one rebound.

"It was good to get him back on the floor," Altman said. "His movement wasn't very good; you could tell he'd been out a while. … But it's good to have him back."

Eric Williams Jr. hit three free throws before halftime to get Oregon within 37-18 at the break, and he scored early in the second half to make it 37-20. But BYU surged again with a 15-8 run that included three more makes by Barcello and three by Te'Jon Lucas.Threes by Williams and Jacob Young got the Ducks within 56-39 but Barcello answered with yet another three-pointer and BYU led by at least 20 the rest of the way.

Who Stood Out: Williams led the Ducks with 12 points, and Guerrier, Young and Will Richardson each added eight.

Overall Oregon shot 17-of-53 (32 percent), was just 12-of-19 from the free-throw line and was outrebounded 34-35. The Ducks also committed 13 turnovers that led to 21 points for BYU.

"They're better players than that individually, so collectively we've got to be a better team," Altman said. "… A lot of things to work on. I still believe we have a good team, but we got it handed to us tonight."

Up Next: Oregon opens play in the Maui Invitational — to be played this year in Las Vegas — against Chaminade on Monday (6 p.m., ESPNU).