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A foul finish for Ducks

November 27, 2017 GMT

PORTLAND — Oregon had taken its first and only lead of the second half against Oklahoma when MiKyle McIntosh made a three-pointer with 10:21 left to play on Sunday.

Less than 4 minutes later, the Ducks were down by eight points after the Sooners scored on seven consecutive possessions.

“They had 10 free throws, a tip dunk and an uncontested layup,” Oregon coach Dana Altman recalled. “Fourteen points in a row right at the time we were taking the lead. You can’t do that.”

Altman found a few things that fit into the you-can’t-do-that category after Oklahoma defeated the Ducks 90-80 on Sunday morning to close out the Phil Knight Invitational at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

“We put them on the free-throw line 44 times, I know a couple were late, but still, 40 free throws when the game is on the line, you will not have much success,” Altman said.

That was a common theme from the coach during four lopsided victories to open the season at home and it loomed larger during a pair of losses at PK80.

Oregon committed 30 fouls that sent UConn to the line 34 times in a 71-63 loss on Thursday, and Oklahoma (4-1) shot 44 free throws on 26 Oregon fouls Sunday. Sooners freshman point guard Trae Young was 17-of-18 at the line and scored 43 points.

Young shot more free throws than the entire Ducks team, which went to the line 14 times.

“Defensively, we are not in the right position and not ready to play,” Altman said. “Our knees are not bent, and we’re one step behind. That’s one reason why we’re fouling so much.”

Oregon (5-2) matched its season high of 17 turnovers from the loss to Connecticut and shot 41.9 percent from the field, including 8-for-26 on three-pointers.

“We’re not getting any leadership there on the offensive end. There’s way too much dribbling,” Altman said. “The ball has to move, but the guards pound it, and then the forwards get it and pound it. That’s going to change, I can control that.”

How does he do that?

“If the ball movement doesn’t get better, they’re not going to play,” the coach said. “I’m not going to stand and watch them dribble all game.”

Oregon didn’t let any players speak to the media after the loss.

Paul White had 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots, and both starting guards, Elijah Brown and Payton Pritchard, shot 5-for-15 from the field and combined for 10 turnovers. Brown had 14 points, and Pritchard finished with 10.

Troy Brown was 4-for-12 from the field for 13 points before leaving the game late after he collided with McIntosh and fell to the ground for a minute before being helped to the locker room.

“I saw him talking to the doctors. I think he’s OK,” Altman said.

Oregon is off until Friday when it hosts Boise State, the first of four consecutive home games over the next three weeks.

“I think they’re listening. They just haven’t been through any adversity, so it’s going to take some time,” Altman said. “We have young guys out there struggling with it.”

Oregon seemed energized for the 10 a.m. start, with Troy Brown scoring eight consecutive points early. Pritchard tossed an alley-oop to White and then scored himself to put the Ducks ahead 14-6. But Oklahoma followed with 11 consecutive points to gain a 17-14 advantage and led 48-40 at the half.

After Oklahoma went ahead for good at 64-62 with 9:10 to play, Young scored 19 of Oklahoma’s next 21 points as the Sooners pulled away. Young also had a game-high seven assists.

“We scrimmaged them in the preseason, and they do a lot of switching, so I took advantage of a big guy on me or found my teammates or something for myself,” Young said. “My teammates knocked down shots and opened the floor for me.”

Oregon had not given up more than 79 points in a game until Oklahoma reached 90.

“Getting 80 should be enough to win as poorly as we played offensively,” Altman said. “But to give up 48 in the first half and 42 in the second, that’s not good enough.”

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