Oregon holds off No. 21 Baylor 74-67 – USA TODAY
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook both scored 15 points to lead Oregon to a 74-67 victory over No. 21 Baylor on Monday night.
The Ducks (2-0) held off several rallies by the Bears (1-1) with balanced scoring and battled Baylor to a 35-all rebounding draw.
Dwayne Benjamin had 13 points off the bench for Oregon. Tyler Dorsey added 12 and Dillon Brooks scored 10.
Al Freeman led Baylor with 22 points, and Johnathan Motley had 17 off the bench.
After trailing by 16 early in the second half, Baylor twice got as close as three — the last time on Taurean Prince’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. However, the Ducks sealed the victory with four free throws.
Oregon finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (24 of 55), and Baylor was 24 of 61 for 39.3 percent. The Ducks did most of their damage by hitting 18 of 30 attempts from inside the 3-point line.
Both teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm early. Baylor needed nearly 4 minutes to score and led only briefly at 6-3.
After making only three of 12 3-pointers to start the game, Oregon finally found its comfort zone from inside the arc on back-to-back jumpers by Dillon Brooks and two more from Cook for a 20-13 lead.
The Ducks pushed the margin to 11 points twice with balanced scoring, led by freshman Tyler Dorsey’s eight points, for a 35-24 halftime lead.
Meanwhile, the Bears, who had 31 assists and only eight turnovers in their season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin, shot just 29 percent and had almost as many turnovers (eight) as field goals (nine) at the break.
Baylor finished the half missing 11 of its last 13 attempts from the field.
Baylor: The Bears are looking to match what Oregon achieved last season by making a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in school history. In the last six years Baylor has reached the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet Sixteen once. It missed the postseason in 2011 and won the NIT in 2013. . Despite the loss, Baylor extended its streak to 47 games of holding opponents to fewer than 75 points.
Oregon: Scouts from nine NBA teams were in attendance, representing the Nuggets, Mavericks, Thunder, Wizards, Grizzlies, Spurs, Jazz, Timberwolves and Bulls. . The Ducks and Bears met for the first time. … Baylor was the first ranked opponent from outside the Pac-12 to play at Matthew Knight Arena since the Ducks moved into their new home in January 2011. The last ranked nonconference team to visit Eugene was No. 9 Missouri in December 2010.
Baylor hosts Jackson State on Friday night.
Oregon hosts Savannah State on Friday night.
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