As exhibition games go, Oregon’s 124-72 thrashing of Northwest Christian gave head coach Dana Altman several positives to note while staying within character enough to note the Ducks “have a lot of work to do defensively.”
That is to be expected so early in the year and with so many new faces to mold into a cohesive unit.
Freshman Troy Brown drew the first mention in Altman’s post game remarks. “Troy Brown getting nine assists was good,” he said then continued “I think we can have a good offensive team if we make shots for each other. We’ve got to move it, look for creases, look for places we take advantage of. And our guys haven’t figured that out yet.”
Peyton Pritchard led the Ducks with 25 points with Elijah Brown close behind with 22. The Ducks shot 62.8% from the floor, connecting on 49 of 78 overall and 12 of 25 from behind the arc. Oregon also enjoyed a 44-30 advantage over the Beacons on the glass Kenny Wooten and Abu Kigab each grabbing six to pace the Ducks.
“I think we can have a good offensive team if we make shots for each other,” said Altman. “We’ve got to move it, look for creases, look for places we take advantage of. And our guys haven’t figured that out yet. … Defensively, I think it showed how far we have to go. The first half, we didn’t take anything away from them, we just wanted to outscore them. I thought our defensive intensity was better in the second half.”
Senior transfer MiKyle McIntosh contributed 12 points and five rebounds and likes what he sees in his new team.
“It was a good learning experience for us, to play in front of a crowd first of all,” he said. “Getting another game under our belt and playing as a team. We have so many new people, it was good to get out there and play another team. … The chemistry here is really good for a team that’s just coming together.
Next up the Ducks hit the practice court to prepare for the season opener against Coppin State on Friday, November 10. Tip off is set of 9:00 pm and the game will be carried by the Pac-12 Networks.
~ Rick Morgan