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Oregon looks to halt slide vs. surging Montana

Field Level Media
29 Nov 2021, 06:05 GMT+10

Oregon will look to end a two-game slide when it hosts surging Montana in a nonconference game on Monday in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon (3-3) has lost three of its past four games, with its most recent setback a 78-49 loss to No. 12 Houston in the third-place game at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The Ducks opened the tournament with a 73-49 win over Chaminade before losing 62-50 to Saint Mary's.

Houston completely dominated the Ducks, who trailed 41-19 at halftime and fell behind 53-19 after the Cougars opened the second half on a spirited run.

"We have a long ways to go. How we have regressed in the last two weeks just shocks me," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "It's going to be a long road back. We've buried ourselves the last two weeks. It's going to take a tremendous effort to try and get it back."

Oregon is led by Eric Williams Jr., who averages a team-high 13.0 points and 2.0 steals per game, while Jacob Young averages 10.5 points per game. Will Richardson adds 9.3 points and Quincy Guerrier leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Montana (4-2) extended its winning streak to three with a 74-62 defeat of visiting Southern Mississippi to win the Zootown Classic on Friday. Lonnell Martin Jr. scored 20 points and Robby Beasley III added 17. Josh Bannan had 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Cameron Parker had nine points and a team-high eight assists.

The Grizzlies opened the Zootown Classic with a 71-61 win over San Diego in which Beasley and Bannan scored 19 and 16 points, respectively.

Bannan averages a team-high 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while Brandon Whitney averages 10.8 points and Beasley chips in 9.5.

"I thought this was a great week for us because we saw some adversity, we played through some adversity and we came out and made big plays, which shows that we're growing up," Montana coach Travis DeCuire said. "It was great for us to come out on top."

--Field Level Media

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