All of Oregon’s first-half points against Washington came from freshmen forwards.
That wasn’t a good sign for a men's basketball team that relies heavily on its veterans and guards for scoring.
Louis King had nine points while Miles Norris and Francis Okoro had six and four, respectively, as Oregon fell behind 27-19 at halftime against the Huskies on Thursday. Seniors Paul White and Ehab Amin, junior Payton Pritchard and sophomores Victor Bailey and Kenny Wooten combined to go 0-for-9 from the field in the first half.
King scored to open the second half before White became the first upperclassmen to score a basket nearly 21 minutes into the game, which Oregon lost 61-56.
King led the Ducks with 19 points against the Huskies followed by Norris with 10 points. Okoro added eight as those three freshmen were the only Oregon players to shoot better than 50 percent from the field while combining to make 15-of-22 shots.
The other six Ducks combined to go 6-for-23 from the field while matching King’s total of 19 points.
“The freshmen are doing a good job making the adjustment,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “We’ve got to get our vets playing and do a better job all-around. I like their effort and enthusiasm, but our execution by everybody has to get better.”
The 6-foot-9 King has scored in double digits in six straight games, averaging 17.2 points during that stretch. Norris has scored 16 points in the past two games after totaling 16 in his first seven games. Okoro has made all six of his shots from the field in the past two games to score 12 points.
“Every game, they grow more and more,” White said of the freshmen big men. “It started with Lou and then you got to see the progress of Francis and Miles showing what they can do. We always see it in practice how talented they are. So it is more about confidence. Even though it was a tough loss, it can instill some confidence in them going forward.”
White played only three minutes in the second half due to a sore ankle as Norris had four points, one steal, one block and one rebound in nine minutes during the half.
“Miles got an opportunity and made some real good plays,” Altman said. “Execution-wise, he makes some mistakes, but I still like his effort.”
Oregon’s front-court players totaled 44 of 56 points against the Huskies while the four guards combined to shoot 3-for-15 from the field.
Pritchard, who played all 40 minutes, was the only guard to make a field goal while going 3-for-7 with all of those shots coming on three-pointers. In his six Pac-12 games, Pritchard is shooting 32.1 percent from the field with 37 of 56 attempts coming on three-pointers.
Bailey went 0-for-5 from the field against UW after missing all nine of his shots in the previous game at Arizona State to put his shooting percentage at 32.8 percent in conference games. Amin is shooting 31.3 percent from the field in Pac-12 games while Will Richardson leads all the guards at 40.0.