EUGENE – In a 7-foot battle, the freshman phenomenon in Oregon, Bol Bol, was overtaken but was eventually surpassed by Trayvon Reed, fifth-year senior from Texas Southern, who dominated a defense nonexistent domestic Ducks during the most beautiful defeat of the Dana Altman era.
Despite a peak in a season of 32 points and 11 rebounds in Bol, the number 18 of Oregon could not generate enough offensive offense or defend almost anyone in Texas Southern, especially Reed , whose 23 points in career paved the way for a superb win of 89-84. by the Tigers outsiders in 25 points in a Matthew Knight Arena silenced Monday.
Oregon (4-2) led 13 (51-38) with 16:28 to play but could put Texas Southern away. The Tigers shot 57.6% on the field, including 16 baskets in their last 29 shots, to beat the 57-45 Ducks in the second half and create the unbelievable surprise.
"There's no way to take that, it's a very bad defensive performance," Altman said. "… It was not a good performance, I do not blame them, it starts with me, if we are not disciplined and harder than that, it starts with me.
"We have not had such a defeat for a long time, we have a lot of work to do to worry more about bouncing back and playing in defense – it was a very disappointing loss."
Rewind of Oregon's surprising 89-84 loss against Texas Southern
It was the second time this season that Southern Texas (2-4) won six consecutive championships on the SWAC against a power conference team and had started the year under the orders of his coach Johnny Jones, former member of LSU, with a win at Baylor. The last time TSU beat two Power conference schools in the same season was 2014-15, when he beat Michigan State and Kansas State in three games.
It was only the fourth non-conference loss to the Matthew Knight Arena (72-4) at the Ducks, but also the worst. Switching to a SWAC team is derisory compared to previous defeats of the MKA against Virginia in 2011, Ole Miss in 2014 and Boise State last season.
"It's a terrible loss," said Payton Pritchard, who scored 14 points and got seven assists for the Ducks. "Honestly, it's a bad defeat.If we return our season, it's here.It's either we move on and we improve, or we do not."
The Tigers, which have nine transfers of graduate students, seniors and juniors, generally struggle to face games almost exclusively road. However, they lost four defeats thanks to Reed, 9th out of 9 in the pack, 20 points against John Jones and three other double-digit players.
Oregon had no answer for Reed, a former potential four-star candidate and one of the top 100 rookies in 2014 whose career began in Maryland, then to Auburn before ending up in Texas Southern.
"We have never been physically with him," Altman said. "He sort of did what he wanted, in the same way that they beat Baylor – he was very effective in this game, we were not physical. guys like that, you have to get into the legs, you have to be physically capable as they were trying to do with Bol and we could not do it. "
Oregon (4-2) did not have the starting power and protector of the rim, Kenny Wooten, throughout the second half, because of what the school had termed left knee bruised after shattering himself by attempting a block in the final minutes of the first half.
Wooten was paired with Reed inside in the first half, but without him, the Ducks had to turn to Paul White, who made a mistake, and others to try to defend him. inside in vain.
"Kenny is a great defender and he covers a lot of things for us, but we can not settle for Kenny," said Pritchard, who pointed out the lack of intensity of his team during training. "The five guys have to start defending themselves."
The Tigers scored 11 consecutive goals at one point in the second half, while Reed provided four dunks during that period.
"They just threw lobs and it was not just the big guys, the guards were not around the bullet screens, people were not helping them," Pritchard said. "We were not a team in defense, we were all individuals."
It was the first game at 30 points and the third consecutive game of more than 20 points for Bol, who was 13 out of 22 of the field, including 4 out of 6 from behind the bow. Bol tied the game at 75 with a pair of free throws with 3:20 left and his last 3-pointer lead allowed Oregon to return to 85-82 with 14.3 to play, but that was not enough.
After Bol tied the game with 3:20 to go, Reed scored four straight points for TSU, which earned him 13 points against Oregon State's former guard, Derrick Bruce, whose eight of the last 10 of the Tigers, including six in the free throw line.
Despite a 1-for-11 gap since Oregon in the first half, Texas Southern has failed to capitalize fully, scoring 3 for 15 in the same interval and reducing only an eight-point deficit (28). -20) to three (30-27). ).
After scoring three consecutive points to open the game, the Ducks scored one point for the next 10 behind the arc, but closed the half with three consecutive goals, two by Pritchard, to take a 39-32 lead at the halftime.
But it all slipped in the second half for the Ducks, who entered the day as the only team ranked Pac-12, but who will surely fall from the top 25 next week.
Altman said it was a unique challenge to try to get training for sophomores and freshmen who adjust to the physical demands of the university game without being so mentally discouraged as a result of a devastating home defeat.
"We have a lot of new guys and I'm not sure they want to adapt to the physical strength and toughness we need," Altman said. "So, I do not know, it's a different challenge.If you do not want to compete or be more physical than that – it starts with the training, the requirements, they have to increase. We are so focused on the offensive, our guys, they only care about whether they hit or not.Stops and rebounds do not mean much to us and in the college game they & # 39; have to mean a lot more.
"We need to change all our state of mind, I've talked to our team, focusing on defense and rebound." We did not play well at the time. 39, offensive, but we scored 84 points, 84 should be enough to win.You must keep and bounce back. "
Pritchard, a junior, did not apologize to the older members of the team.
"Obviously, we just have to understand some things," Pritchard said. "Last year, around the same time, we lost two rapids and we did not make changes, so it will start in practice, but people will make changes. .. We take days off mentally.We only do "T bring it and it has to change and it shows in the games because some games we bring, others do not, it is not so.
"This is not how the team at Final Four proceeded. The team from last year, that 's why we had not gotten there. intensity and the team this year must change. "