When a game turns into a blowout, Oregon doesn’t have a deep bench to empty.
The 14th-ranked Ducks evenly split time for their nine available scholarship players as an 81-47 victory over Eastern Washington began to take on the look of a scrimmage in front of 8,009 Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
The game was not in doubt after the Ducks scored 24 straight points in the first half, but there was still more than 25 minutes to play.
“Those kinds of games early in the season are huge for us as an inexperienced team,” senior grad transfer Ehab Amin said. “It was good to get everyone out there together early in the season and improve defensively and get rotations right. Offensively, we need to execute and get our plays crisp and on time so we can get ready to play harder games next week.”
Oregon (2-0) opened the season with two lopsided victories over Big Sky Conference opponents as they prepare to head to the 2K Empire Classic in New York beginning with a matchup against Iowa on Thursday.
“We’ve got to make adjustments on the fly, especially early with a lot of new guys,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We had different combinations and worked on a few different things. Our offensive execution needs to get better, but hopefully we get a few things ironed out before we go to New York.”
With freshman Louis King out with a knee injury and Miles Norris being considered for a redshirt season, the Ducks went most of the way with their nine scholarship players before walk-ons Will Johnson and Luke Osborn played in the final minute.
Oregon had four starters — Amin, Payton Pritchard, Bol Bol and Paul White — on the court with Francis Okoro as the lead hit 30 points with 14 minutes to play. Victor Bailey, Will Richardson and Abu Kigab joined Bol and White when the Ducks pushed the lead to 40 points in the final five minutes.
Bol had five dunks while leading the Ducks with 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Amin made 3-of-8 three-pointers to finish with 13 points.
“My shot has not been falling so it was good to see it fall tonight,” Amin said.
White had 11 points while Pritchard added 10 points and eight assists. Kenny Wooten had six points and nine rebounds.
“We are a young team so we are trying to find our way in the offense,” Wooten said. “This was not a close game, but we are not very experienced so we are trying to get experience playing in games even though we are up by a lot to see what we can do.”
Richardson played the fewest minutes of any regular in the rotation with five points and two assists in 12 minutes as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
“Will looked good, you can tell his feel is pretty good,” Altman said. “I was excited about his minutes and what he did there. Hopefully, his foot will continue to be OK and we can get him out there more.”
Eastern Washington took a 6-5 lead on a three-pointer by Jesse Hunt before going scoreless for more than nine minutes as the Ducks scored 24 points in a row during the first half while the Eagles missed 20 straight shots from the field.
“I thought our activity was pretty good and they missed some threes during that stretch,” Altman said.
Eastern Washington’s 65 shots included 45 three-pointers as the Eagles made 13 from behind the arc. Cody Benzel made five three-pointers while leading the Eagles with 16 points.
Oregon shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 10-for-25 on three-pointers.