Photos: Ducks defeat Boise State, third win in a row

Boise State guard Justinian Jessup (#3) tries to shoot a ball over Oregon forward Dillon Brooks (#24). After trailing for most of the game, the Oregon Ducks defeated the Boise State Broncos 68-63. Photo by Dillon Vibes

EUGENE, Ore. -– Heading into the game against Boise State on Monday night, it was conceivable that the Ducks had a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The latest AP Poll had dropped Oregon to No. 23 – 18 places from where they began the season– and a controversial 74-72 loss to the Broncos a year ago still left a bitter taste lingering in the locker room.

Oregon (5-2) fought hard for a 68-63 victory at home, but if they entered the contest feeling as if they hadn’t reached their potential thus far, chances are they didn’t leave the game feeling much better.

Once again, the Ducks, who were a pre-season favorite to contend for the National Title, struggled with ball-control, finishing the game with 15 turnovers which led to 12 Boise State (3-3) points.

Oregon also shot just 62 percent from the line (18-29), and watched while their primary scorer, Dillon Brooks, unsuccessfully tried to will his game back into mid-season form after missing the first couple of games due to injury. Brooks finished with five points on 1-for-9 shooting from the floor.

For much of the game, the Ducks were forced to play from behind after allowing Boise State to mount a 13-0 run early in the game. The Broncos led by as much as 14 in the first half, but a few timely buckets from Dylan Ennis and Tyler Dorsey brought the Ducks within three at the break, trailing 32-29.

Ennis finished with a game-high 18 points, going 9-for-10 from the line, while Dorsey had 17 points.

Little by little, the Ducks inched their way back into the game in the second half, most notably when Casey Benson hit back-to-back threes to cut the score to 45-41. With 6:55 left, a jump shot from Jordan Bell ignited a 10-0 Oregon run that would give the Ducks their first lead since early in the first half, capped off by a three from Ennis to give Oregon a 60-58 lead with 3:33 left.

With less than a minute remaining, freshman Payton Pritchard knocked down a jumper to give the Ducks a five-point cushion, allowing them to escape with a victory, their third win in a row.

Up next, the Ducks continue their home-stand with games against Western Oregon and Savannah State, both televised on Pac-12 Networks.

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