Oregon suffered a 79-73 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels at Matthew Knight Arena this afternoon. On the bright side; their football team is playing in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and ours is in the Rose Bowl for the college football playoff. Rejoice.
The Oregon Ducks lost handedly this afternoon to the Ole Miss Rebels. It was a bleak atmosphere at Matthew Knight where the buzz belonged to the football team and their trip to the inaugural college football playoff. It was a tightly contested battle for much of the first half, but Ole Miss started to pull away before halftime with a 14-point lead. The second half was a game of catch up for the Ducks. Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody led all scorers with 22 points and was likely the best player on the court today. He added in 2 steals and 4 rebounds, and shot 4-5 from 3. Sebastian Saiz also chipped in 17 points and five rebounds. Three other Rebels had double figure scoring nights: LaDarius White had 13 points to go with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Dwight Coleby and Aaron Jones each had 10 points. For the Ducks, Dillon Brooks led all with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Joseph Young had 17 points on 6-14 shooting, and Elgin Cook chipped in 15 points. The differential in shooting was eerily similar despite the Rebels controlling much of the game. Ole Miss shot 27-65 from the field and the Ducks were 24-64. Beyond the arc was a different story, however. Oregon chucked up 31 three’s and connected on only 8. Ole Miss was far more efficient going 5-12. Ole Miss also outrebounded Oregon 46 to 39. Oregon trailed by double figures for much of the 2nd half but fought till the very end to make it a more respectable 6-point loss. Ole Miss was just the bigger, more athletic team this afternoon. It was a flurry of missed jump shots for the Ducks. Head Coach, Dana Altman said, “We got beat in all fazes of the game.” The loss drops Oregon to 5-3. Their next game is December 13th in Chicago against Illinois.