Oregon rolls past Utah State on road to open play at NIT
Down two starters and the Ducks didn’t flinch.
On the road against the 4-seed Utah State Aggies, Oregon shut the home crowd off in the second half with its performance. The Ducks trailed by four at the halftime break, then outscored Utah State 50-35 in the second half to win 83-72 and advance in the NIT.
The backcourt led the way. De’Vion Harmon had 19 points and Jacob Young scored 17 points. The two shot a combined 14-for-26 from the field, made three of their six triples, and dished five assists.
Without Will Richardson—the team’s leading scorer at over 14 points a game—the Ducks struggled in the halfcourt during their two-game stint at the Pac-12 Tournament last week. That secondary creator to take the pressure off of Young wasn’t there and Oregon was bounced by Colorado, in part, because of it.
Harmon was significantly better against Utah State, taking defenders off the dribble and knocking down tough shots.
The Ducks, as a team, shot 51% from the field and held Utah State to 39%. They opened the second half on a 12-4 run.
Oregon will play 1-seed Texas A&M (24-11) next. The second round begins on Saturday, March 19. The win also earned Oregon head coach Dana Altman his 300th career victory at the school.
Yet another milestone for the winningest coach in school history.
— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) March 16, 2022