Oregon Secures 300th Career Win for Coach Altman
LOGAN, Utah — Oregon men's basketball defeated Utah State 83-72 tonight in the opening round of the NIT. The Ducks advance to play Texas A&M this weekend.
How It Happened: Utah State scored the first bucket of the game, before Oregon went on a 10-0 run, making their first five shots in the paint. Franck Kepnang and Rivaldo Soares each scored four to kick things off for the Ducks. The Aggies followed with a run of their own behind four three-pointers from Steven Ashworth. Utah State built up a four-point lead before big three-pointers from De'Vion Harmon and Jacob Young tied it back up at 21 with eight minutes left in the half.
The game of runs continued with the Aggies scoring 11 unanswered points to go up 32-23 at the four-minute mark. Oregon answered and was able to cut the lead to four, trailing 37-33 at the half. UO came out strong in the second half, starting on a 12-5 run to go up 45-42 at the 16-minute mark. Things continued to go the way of the Ducks from there, as they outscored the Aggies 30-13 in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
Oregon pulled away from there and led by as many as 17 points in the half. The Ducks ended the night shooting 51 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Oregon also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Aggies 48-28.
Who Stood Out: Harmon led the team with 19 points, with Young following with 17. Soares finished with a career-best 13 points and four rebounds, followed by Kepnang with nine points and nine rebounds.
What It Means: Oregon has now won 20 or more games in 12 consecutive seasons, one of three teams in the country with a streak of 12 years. Coach Altman's 300 wins make him the fourth Pac-12 coach in the modern era (since 1978-79) to win 300 or more games at a Pac-12 school.
Up Next: The Ducks await their game time on either Saturday or Sunday, facing Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.