Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks return to action
on Sunday afternoon, as they host the Morgan State Bears in their final non-
The Bears are just two days removed from their last outing, which ended in an
86-80 loss to Cal State Northridge. The setback ended a modest two-game win
streak for Morgan State, and dropped the squad to just 3-8 overall. The Bears
are in the midst of an eight-game stretch in which they play on the road seven
times. A visit to UC Irvine is next.
The Ducks proved just how difficult they are to beat at home last Saturday,
rallying to top BYU in overtime, 100-96. The win improved Oregon to 11-0. It
is the first time since 2006-07 that the Ducks have gone 11-0 to start a
season, and just the fifth time in program history. Next up, Oregon opens
Pac-12 Conference play at Utah on Thursday.
Sunday's meeting will be the first ever between these two programs.
Justin Black scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures for
Morgan State, but it did not matter in the Bears' loss to Cal State
Northridge. Morgan State connected on just 41.9 percent of its field goal
attempts, compared to a 56 percent showing from the Titans.
Morgan State has had a bad habit of allowing teams to shoot at a high rate
this season, with opponents hitting 46.9 percent from the floor and scoring
76.7 ppg. Black (18.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg) has done his best to keep Morgan State
competitive by scoring at a high rate. After his effort against CSN, Black has
now scored 20 points in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Ian Chiles (14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 bpg) anchors the team down low and finished
with 19 points and eight rebounds against the Matadors. Anthony Hubbard
provides an additional scoring threat.
Oregon held the team lead against BYU for only 1:02, but managed to pull out a
victory. The Ducks ended the second half on a 7-0 run to force overtime, and
then used an 8-1 run over the last 1:21 of the extra session to escape with
the victory. Jason Calliste scored a career-high 31 points to lead the way.
There are few teams in the country that have been able to keep up with the
Ducks. Oregon is second in the nation in points per game (90.3), and sixth in
field goal percentage (.511). Having six players averaging in double figures
has allowed the Ducks to be dominant on offense. Joseph Young (19.8 ppg) is
normally the player hoisting up 20 and 30-point efforts, and he did so again
versus BYU with 25 points. Mike Moser (14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is a solid scorer
and rebounder on the interior, while Calliste (12.3 ppg), Damyean Dotson (11
ppg), Johnathan Loyd (10 ppg, 6.8 apg) and Elgin Cook (10.1 ppg) all bring
something to the table as well.
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