EUGENE. Ore. (AP)—Oregon’s offense put on one of the best performances in school history, but it was the defensive effort by the 12th-ranked Ducks that drew the most praise.
Maarty Leunen recorded his third-straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, six other players scored in double digits and Oregon beat San Francisco 110-79 on Saturday night.
The Ducks’ point total tied for the sixth highest in program history.
Tajuan Porter added 17 points for Oregon, while Malik Hairston scored 16, Joevan Catron 14, Bryce Taylor had 13 LeKendric Longmire 11 and Kamyron Brown had 11 points. Catron also had 14 rebounds.
It was the first time since 1999 that Oregon had seven players score in double figures.
“Everyone on this team can score,” Catron said. “Our offense is not going to be a problem. We’re going to score regardless. We just gotta make sure we stop people to get those big leads.”
The Ducks struggled to do just that in a 99-87 loss to Saint Mary’s last week and the first half against the Dons (2-3) was no different.
Dior Lowhorn scored 23 and Manny Quezada scored 21 points and made all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half for San Francisco, which was shooting 58 percent going into the break.
“In the first half they put on a show,” Leunen said. “In the second half we made adjustments … to limit their touches. We had to make them make shots.”
However, the Ducks were even hotter in the first half, making 64 percent of their shots and led 62-50 at the break.
“I thought we gave up way too many points in the first half, so at halftime we gave them a little pep talk,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “I think we did way better in the second half.”
After Quezada scored the first two points of the second half, Oregon went off on a 12-2 run to make it 74-54 with 16:10 to play. Five different players scored for the Ducks during that run.
The Dons never got closer than 18 points after that, shooting 28 percent from the field in the second half and 43 percent overall.
“I thought the guys did a great job in the second half of really playing the type of defense they’re capable of playing,” Kent said.
“The matchup zone really helped us in the second half. To hold a team to 28 percent from the field is probably where we need to be on most nights.