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BYU Demolishes No. 12 Oregon Ducks in Portland

Duck fans didn't have much to cheer for...

Despite being unranked, the BYU Cougars (3-0) looked every bit like a Top-25 team when they crushed the No. 12 Oregon Ducks (2-1) 81-49 at the Moda Center for the Phil Knight Invitational.  

The 32-point defeat is the worst loss for Oregon men's basketball since a 35-point defeat at Stanford on February 3, 2018. 

BYU shot a staggering 59.6% from the field and 40.9% from three-point range while the Ducks could not overcome a first half where it shot just 19.2% from the floor.

The game got off to a rough start where the Cougars took a six-point lead while holding the Ducks scoreless through four minutes. A Quincy Guerrier three-pointer with 16:00 left in the first half got Oregon on the board, and cut the BYU lead in half. 

The Syracuse transfer followed it up with a lay-in and got fouled on a drive (splitting the pair) to score the Ducks first six points and tie the game. However, BYU responded with a 9-0 run of its own, taking advantage of some sloppy Oregon offense that included missed lay-ups and an air-balled midrange jumper from Will Richardson. During the run, BYU attacked center Franck Kepnang in the pick-and-roll with two possessions resulting in buckets within the paint. 

Eventually, Oklahoma transfer De'vion Harmon stopped the bleeding with his first basket of the game before a media timeout. 

Center N'Faly Dante made his season debut after tearing his ACL last season and recorded his first points with 8:33 remaining on nice bank shot while being double-teamed. The 6-foot-11 junior finished with four points and one rebound in nine minutes while wearing a brace on his left knee. 

N'Faly Dante returns from an ACL injury against the BYU Cougars at the Moda Center in Portland. 

N'Faly Dante returns from an ACL injury against the BYU Cougars at the Moda Center in Portland. 

Rutgers transfer Jacob Young had to leave the game early and limped into the locker room without assistance. He returned to the game after the under-four-minute media timeout in the first half. 

Head coach Dana Altman had to burn his first timeout with 7:55 left after BYU scored again on a drive from Tre'Jon Lucas to give the Cougars a 21-11 lead. It only got worse as Oregon would score just one point over the next 3:55 while allowing another six points to trail 27-12 entering another media timeout. 

At halftime, the Ducks trailed 37-18 and had more turnovers (six) than made field goals (five). Oregon shot just 19.2% from the floor in the first half and never led. 

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While Oregon looked noticeably better to begin the second half, Young missed his second lay-up of the game, this time alone on a fast break, and BYU opened the half on a 12-6 run to extend the lead to 24 points. 

After a Cougars three-pointer followed by a fastbreak dunk, Dana Altman called timeout with 5:47 left in the half. Cheers of "B-Y-U" echoed throughout the Moda Center as Duck fans headed for the exits. Altman did keep a lineup of rotation players in after the timeout, however.

Soon after, Jacob Young got rim-checked on a dunk trying to respond to a step-back Cougars three-pointer from Seneca Knight. The sequence perfectly encapsulated Oregon's evening. 

Next, the Ducks will try to get back on track against Chaminade (2-0) in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas on Monday, Nov. 22 at 6:00 p.m. PST. 

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