EUGENE – In a 7-foot battle, Oregon's Bol Bol phenomenon was outplayed by Texas Southern Year veteran Trayvon Reed and led to the most impressive loss of the Dana Altman era.
Despite 32 points and 11 rebounds for Bol, the Oregon number 18 failed to generate another offense or defend almost anyone from Texas Southern, particularly Reed, who scored 23 points in his career and won a stunning 89-84 victory. by the Tigers' 25-point team in a quiet Matthew Knight Arena on Monday.
The Oregon (4-2) led by 13 (51-38) with 16:28, but managed to get Texas Southern out. The Tigers fired 57.6 percent of the field, including 16 buckets in the last 29 shots, to beat the Ducks 57-45 in the second half and get an incredible surprise.
"There is no way sugarcoat this, which was a very weak performance on the defensive," said Altman. "… It just was not a good performance.I'm not blaming them, it starts with me.If we are not disciplined and harder than that, it starts with me.
"We have not had a defeat like this for a long time," he said. "We have a lot of work to do to worry a lot about the rebound and the defense – that was a very disappointing loss."
Backing the impressive 89-84 loss from Oregon to Texas Southern
It was the second win over the Power conference team this season for Texas Southern (2-4), who won six SWAC direct championships and opened the year under first-year coach Johnny Jones, former LSU, with a victory at Baylor. The last time TSU beat Power's two conference schools in the same season was 2014-15 when it beat Michigan State and Kansas State in a three-game period.
It was only the fourth non-conference defeat at Matthew Knight Arena (72-4) for the ducks, but also the worst. Leaving the SWAC team pales in comparison to previous losses in the MKA for Virginia in 2011, Ole Miss in 2014 and Boise State last season.
"This is a terrible loss," said Payton Pritchard, who scored 14 points and made seven assists for the ducks. "Honestly, this is a bad loss, if we're going to turn our season, it's right here, or we get out of here and we get better or not."
The Tigers, who have nine seniors and juniors, typically fight during a non-conference schedule almost exclusively on road games, but broke a four-game losing streak thanks to Reed, who was 9 of 9 from the field, 20 points John Jones and three other players in double figures.
Oregon had no response to Reed, a former four-star prospect and one of the top 100 recruits in 2014, whose career began in Maryland, but then went to Auburn before ending up at Texas Southern.
"We were never physically with him," Altman said. "He sort of did what he wanted. Just like they beat Baylor – he was very effective in this game, we were not physicists … A guy like that, you gotta get into his legs, you have to be able to physical as they were trying to do with Bol and we just could not do it. "
Oregon (4-2) ran out of power and with ring guard Kenny Wooten throughout the second half, due to what the school said was a bruised left knee after falling awkwardly in the closing minutes of the first half.
Wooten was combined with Reed inside during the first half, but without him the ducks had to resort to Paul White, who got dirty, and others to try to defend the interior without success.
"Kenny is a big defensive guy and he covers a lot for us but we can not just lean on Kenny," said Pritchard, who drew attention to the lack of intensity of his team in the impact games. "All five guys started defending."
The Tigers made 11 straight goals at one point during the second half, with Reed providing four dunks during that time.
"They just played lobs and it was not just the big ones, the guards were not circling the balls, people were not helping," Pritchard said. "We were not a defense team, we were all individuals."
It was the first game of 30 points and the third consecutive game of 20 points for Bol, who was 13 of 22 of the field including 4 of 6 behind the arc. Bol tied the game at 75 with a pair of free throws with 3:20 left, and his last 3-pointer led Oregon to 85-82 with 14.3 for the final, but it was not enough.
After Bol tied the game with 3min20s, Reed scored four straight for TSU, which earned 13 points from former Oregon guard Derrick Bruce, including eight of the ten Tigers, with six coming on the free-throw line.
Despite a 1 to 11 stretch of the field during Oregon's first half, Texas Southern was unable to fully capitalize from 3 to 15 over the same period and cut only an eight-point deficit (28-20) to three (30 -27).
After making three straight-pointers to open the game, the Ducks went 1 for the next 10 behind the arc but closed the half with three straight 3s, two of Pritchard's, to lead a 39-32 lead in the break.
But all of that was uncovered in the second half for the Ducks, who entered the day as the only Pac-12 team, but will surely fall out of the top 25 next week.
Altman said it's a unique challenge to try to get a list of freshmen and freshmen to fit the physical demands of college play, and at the same time not be so mentally discouraged after a devastating loss at home.
"We have a lot of new faces and I'm not sure if they want to adjust to the physicality and stamina we need to have," Altman said. "So I do not know.It's a different challenge.If you're not going to compete and be more physical than that – it starts with coaching, demands, they have to increase.We have to do a much better job.We are so offensive, our guys come out with everything they care about if they hit a shot or not. Stops and rebounds do not mean much to us and in the college game they ve got to mean a lot more.
"We have to change our whole mentality, I've been talking to our team about this, focusing on defense and rebounding, we did not play well offensively, but we scored 84 points, 84 should be enough for You have to protect and recover . "
Pritchard, a junior, did not excuse the older members of the squad.
"Obviously, we just have to figure out a few things," Pritchard said. "Last year we lost two fast and we did not make the changes, so it's going to start in practice, but people are going to make changes … We take some time off mentally.Take it and that needs to change and show in the games, because some plays we bring, some plays that we do not do. And that's not the way.
"That's not how the Final Four team did it last year's team, that's how we did not have the intensity and this year's team needs to change."
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