The bottom line says No. 23 Oregon defeated an outmanned Western Oregon squad 93-54. It was the Ducks’ 29th straight home victory. But more importantly, Oregon saw Dillon Brooks revert to his former skills and Roman Sorkin showed he may be a valuable asset later on in the season.
Brooks looked his former All-American self with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. It was a far cry from what he showed just two days earlier when he struggled to find his shot against Boise State. Brooks was often lethal with his drives to the hoop against the Wolves, who were much smaller than the Ducks.
As for Sorkin, he scored a career high 15 points on 5-of-6 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from long range.
Along with Sorkin, Oregon was able to play a lot of guys and experiment with different combinations. It’s something one would expect to see in an exhibition game, but luckily for the Ducks, Western Oregon just was that outgunned.
Chris Boucher also filled the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Tyler Dorsey was also in double figures with 12 points.
As expected it was all Ducks in the first half as Oregon a commanding 48-20 lead into the halftime brake. Nine different Ducks managed to score and the team shot 62 percent from the field.
Now at 6-2, Oregon will just have a couple of days to prepare for Savannah State on Saturday. The Tigers are 2-6 are not defensive minded. They have given up 100 or more points in five of their eight games. The Ducks will have next week off before facing Alabama Dec. 11.
~ Don Smalley
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