Brooks, Dorsey lead no. 25 Oregon past Valparaiso, 73-67 – Lexington Herald Leader
Dillon Brooks had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Tyler Dorsey added 21 points, and No. 25 Oregon beat Valparaiso 73-67 on Sunday.
Brooks scored 18 points in the second half, including eight straight during a 12-2 run that gave the Ducks (4-0) their largest lead at 63-53.
The Crusaders (5-1) pulled to 69-67 on 3-pointers by Keith Carter and Darien Walker, but Oregon sealed the victory with four free throws in the final 28.6 seconds.
Tevonn Walker led Valparaiso with 14 points and Alec Peters had 13.
Elgin Cook added 13 points for the Ducks, whose scoring edge came at the foul line as they made 17 of 24 attempts to just 5 of 6 for the Crusaders.
Brooks led the Ducks to a 38-31 rebounding edge.
Oregon opened an 11-6 lead thanks mostly to eight Valparaiso turnovers in the first seven minutes. The Ducks’ early strategy of attacking inside paid off in 13 free throws before the Crusaders made it to the foul line late in the half.
Dorsey’s second 3-point play put Oregon ahead 27-19 with 4:42 left in the half before Valparaiso closed with a 16-6 run. Tevonn Walker banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 35-33 lead.
Valparaiso: Bryce Drew, who has all five starters back from last year’s 28-win team, went nine deep in the first five minutes of Sunday’s game. . Tuesday night’s game at Oregon State will close out a stretch of seven games in 12 days to open the Crusaders’ season.
Oregon: Like No. 20 Baylor last Monday, Valparaiso was a first-time opponent for the Ducks. . Arkansas State will be the first Oregon opponent to bring a loss on its record to Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks’ first four visitors came in a combined 9-0.
STOPPING THE DREWS
For the second time in a week, the Ducks denied a Drew brother a milestone coaching victory, as Bryce Drew’s fifth-year mark at Valpo slipped to 99-43 with Sunday’s loss. Scott Drew had to wait another game for his 250th career win after last Monday’s loss to Oregon. Including their father Homer, who coached Valpo for 22 seasons, the Drew family has 989 collegiate victories over 47 seasons.
WHAT TO WEAR?
The Ducks wore their fourth different uniform in four games, sporting their throwback “Tall Firs” look of the 1939 Oregon team that won the first NCAA basketball championship. The Ducks have nine uniform combinations, two fewer than last season..
Valparaiso: At Oregon State on Tuesday night.
Oregon: Hosts Arkansas State on Wednesday.