The Oregon Ducks took down the Eastern Washington Eagles in their first game of the 2K Empire Classic in emphatic fashion, winning it 81-47. The Ducks were able to get this margin of victory in large part because of a 21-0 run in the first half, leading them to a 21-6 lead. Also, the Eagles shooting woes from their first game against Syracuse followed them into tonight, especially the first half, as the team shot 4-24 from three-point range and 5-34 from the field. Their percentage did improve in the second half though, as the Eagles shot 42.9% from three, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks shot an impressive 58.3% from three to increase their lead. The intangibles were also major factors in this game, as the Ducks used their height advantage to outscore their opponents 30-2 in the paint and out-rebound the Eagles 50-34. The Ducks improve to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in the tournament, as their next matchup will be in New York on Thursday versus Iowa. For Eastern Washington, the Eagles fall to 0-2 on the season and in the tournament, looking to pick up their first when they play Green Bay at home.
Game Story (by Naveed Habibelahian)
Head Coach Dana Altman
Sophomore Forward Kenny Wooten and Senior Guard Ehab Amin