“We’re going to have some consistency problems, we’re going to have some ups and downs … we’ve got seven freshmen out there and there are only four guys with minutes.”
Dominic Artis – one of those freshman – led Oregon with 16 points and the Ducks picked up their second win of the young season. Carlos Emory added 15 and Damyean Dotson hit for 12 to join Artis in reaching double figures in scoring.
The Ducks started out sharp, hitting 58.1% in the first half and took an 18-point lead into the half – 51-33.
But Oregon could only make 9 of 24 shots in the second half and the Vikings took advantage of the opportunity, closing to within nine points midway through the second stanza.
E.J. Singler’s three-ball from the corner pushed the lead back to double digits and Portland State would never again get closer than the final 11-point margin.
“I liked how we came out and played with some aggressiveness and some passion and some enthusiasm.” said Singler of the first 20 minutes. “We got them out of what they wanted to do.”
“(We were) hitting the open guy and getting good shots and running through the offense – we got good shots running through the offense and made good plays in the first half. We have to do the same thing in the second half.
Oregon enjoyed a 35-24 advantage on the boards against the Vikings, with an 11-5 margin on the offensive glass. For the game the Ducks connected on 27 of their 55 shot attempts for a 46.1% average including 9-19 from behind the arc.
The Vikings made 24 of 53 attempts – 4 of 11 from three – for a mark of 45.3%.
“I thought we took a step in the right direction,” said Altman. “Our defensive intensity wasn’t quite the same in the second half as it was in the first half … We still have a long way to go but at least it was a step in the right direction.
Oregon will next host Vanderbilt, with the Commodores visiting Matthew Knight Arena this Friday. Tip off is set for 8:00 pm.