The Oregon Ducks were just too much for Toledo to handle in Eugene, as they defeated the Rockets 78-68. Toledo had chances to keep it close, but foul trouble and the inability to solve the 2-3 zone really did them in.
In the first half, it was a back and forth affair as the Ducks and Rockets traded baskets and missed opportunities. Oregon led 36-34 at the half, largely due to hitting seven of seven from the free throw line. The Ducks should also credit their rebounding too. Grabbing nine first half offensive rebounds helped keep them either hanging around or in the lead.
Toledo kept pace with Oregon and sported a five point lead early, nailing nearly sixty percent of their threes in the first half. Julius "Juice" Brown accounted for fourteen of the Rockets' 34 points, while on the other side of the ball, Oregon’s leading scorer on the season Joseph Young had thirteen in the first half. while being held under his 27ppg average to 24 in the game. Brown finished the game with nineteen.
The second half started just as the first ended, with neither team taking control. Both of Toledo’s centers got into foul trouble early, as Nathan Boothe picked up his fourth foul with around twelve minutes left in the game, while backup center Zach Garber already had three before Boothe was taken out.
In the midst of taking Boothe out, Oregon slowly built up an eleven point lead. Boothe fouled out with 7:15 remaining, while Garber fouled out just over a minute later. This enviably led to the Rockets playing 6-6 forward J.D. Weatherspoon at the five position for the remaining of the game. He finished with a solid fourteen points and eight rebounds.
Toledo, again, found themselves in the game late as they trailed by just six with 5:46 left in the game after a Jonathan Williams three-point jumper. This was the closest they would get for the rest of the game, as they again found themselves down by six at the 2:39 mark, after a Jordan Lauf made free throw.
Oregon followed with two Dwayne Benjamin dunks to build a ten point lead with two minutes to go, essentially ending any chance Toledo had of coming back. Lauf ending the game with a team high three offensive rebounds, eight total, and seven points.
The Rockets we held to just 7-13 shooting from the free throw line while Oregon finished 20-24. The Ducks also held a +10 rebounding margin (46-36). Oregon forwards Dillon Brooks, Elgin Cook, and Benjamin all finished in double figures at ten, thirteen, and eleven points respectively. Both Cook and Benjamin had double-doubles adding twelve rebounds apiece.
As for the Rockets, Jonathan Williams and Justin Drummond finished in double figures. Williams had thirteen points on five of nine shooting, while Drummond finished with eleven going just 4-21 from the field. Both Boothe and Garber had two points each.
Next up for the Rockets is a 7 pm home game against Bucknell (1-2) on Monday.