With Kenny Wooten injured and Paul White in foul trouble, Bol Bol didn’t get a break during the final 12 minutes of Oregon’s 89-84 loss to Texas Southern on Monday.
The 7-foot-2 freshman scored a season-high 32 points on 13-for-22 shooting while playing 30 minutes, his third straight game spending at least that much time on the court. Oregon coach Dana Altman would like get more rest for Bol.
“He was real tired,” Altman said. “His last three shots inside were fatigued. He couldn’t get any rim protection down the stretch because he was fatigued. We are asking him to do a lot of things. He took 22 shots, so we threw him the ball a lot and asked him to do a lot so it is fatigue and he’s not ready for that from a physical stature.”
Bol leads the Ducks with 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, so the scouting report on the 235-pounder is no surprise.
“Everybody is pushing around on him because they know that will wear him out a bit more,” Altman said. “Everyone is trying to be physical with him.”
Up next for Oregon is a Saturday game at Houston, which starts 6-8, 260-pound Breaon Brady and 6-5, 230-pound Cedrick Alley. Six-foot-eight Brison Gresham comes off the bench.
“They are going to be real physical with (Bol) and that will wear him out even more,” Altman said. “Other guys have to be ready to give us some minutes.”
Oregon will get Wooten back from a knee injury to face the Cougars. White, who fouled out in 27 minutes against Texas Southern, said the Ducks focused on matching Houston’s physicality when they returned to practice Wednesday.
“It was one of those practices where no fouls are called and everyone wants to get after each other,” White said. “Sometimes you need a practice like that where you beat up on one another and start to realize this is a contact sport.”