The 17th-ranked Oregon Ducks went on runs of 10-0 and 14-4 in the second half, pulling away from the stubborn USF Dons for a 100-82 win Sunday night in Eugene, Ore.
The Dons (3-3) trailed 40-35 at halftime before the Ducks (4-0) were able to gain control of the game after intermission.
USF’s last lead was early, when Cole Dickerson’s jumper gave the Dons a 10-9 edge about six minutes into the game. Oregon led 37-27 with 3:16 left in the first half before Chris Adams nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Dons back to within five points at the break.
The closest the Dons were able to get in the second half was 44-41 when Dickerson made a layup less than two minutes in.
The knockout punch came when the Ducks outscored the Dons 14-4 to open an 84-65 lead with 5:30 to go. Oregon topped the century mark on a layup by Theo Friedman with 11 seconds remaining.
It was the most points by a USF opponents this season, topping the 93 Idaho State scored in a 93-90 win at War Memorial Gymnasium on Monday night.
Kruise Pinkins led the Dons with 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench before he fouled out with 1:26 remaining. Matt Glover had 14 points before he was disqualified with five fouls with a minute to go, Mark Tollefsen scored 10 points and Avry Holmes had four steals.
Elgin Cook scored 18 points and had three steals off the bench for the Ducks, while Damyean Dotson added 17 points and eight rebounds and reserve Jason Calliste had 16 points. Mike Moser chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, Joseph Young scored 12 points and Johnathan Loyd had 11 points and six assists.
The Dons return home Wednesday night to kick off the Golden Gate Challenge against Sonoma State (1-2) at 6 p.m. Vermont (1-5) plays Illinois State (1-3) in Wednesday’s nightcap at 8:15 p.m.
The three-day, four-team round robin continues after Thanksgiving, when USF plays Vermont Friday night at 6 p.m. and Sonoma State takes on Illinois State at 8:15 p.m. and the Challenge wraps up Saturday with Vermont against Sonoma State at 6 p.m. and Illinois State taking on the Dons at 8:15 p.m.