Dana Altman started his most experienced players and stuck with them for most of the night.

No. 15 Oregon opened the season with a 71-57 victory over Fresno State Tuesday night in front of 6,779 at Matthew Knight Arena who didn’t get an extended look at the freshman class.

“Our freshmen played like freshmen,” Altman said. “They are better than that and we’re going to need them. They were nervous, straight up and down. I didn’t think they played very hard, but they have to get their feet wet sometime.”

Altman played each of his six players with previous college experience for at least 19 minutes led by senior point guard Payton Pritchard, who had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes. Junior college transfer Chris Duarte scored 16 points and sophomore Francis Okoro had his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshmen Chandler Lawson, CJ Walker and Addison Patterson all went scoreless in a combined 33 minutes. The other freshman, Lok Wur, is being held out to likely redshirt this season.

Graduate transfers Shakur Juiston and Anthony Mathis joined Pritchard, Duarte and Okoro in the starting lineup.

“We started the vets, but nothing has been decided in five weeks of practice,” Altman said. “It will be different on Saturday and it might be different next Tuesday. We will be messing around with our lineups and as long as guys practice hard, they will all get a chance in the rotation.”

Oregon had a 45-31 edge in rebounds led by Okoro, who matched is career high despite fighting a shoulder injury in recent days that was aggravated on a hard fall during the game.

“My mindset was to play as hard as I can and get rebounds and play defense,” said Okoro, who also matched a career high in points. “I pushed the other guys. I believe if we put everyone on the same page, we are going to get a better outcome.”

The Ducks extended their streak of 750 straight games with a three-pointer, but just barely. Duarte’s three-pointer midway through the first half was the lone make in 13 attempts.

“Little bit of jitters,” said Mathis, who missed both his attempts behind the arc. “We are learning where to get shots from.”

The NCAA moved the three-point line back nearly 17 inches, but Altman shrugged that off as a reason for shooting 7.7 percent.

“I thought we got some good looks,” he added. “I want to take more than that and obviously we are going to have to shoot it better if we do take more than that.”

Oregon trailed by four points midway through the first half before taking a 38-27 lead at the break. New Williams opened the second half with a basket for FSU before Oregon followed with 10 points in a row.

Pritchard scored six straight points and Mathis added a basket before Okoro dunked to put the Ducks ahead 48-29.

The Bulldogs closed within 60-50 on back-to-back three-pointers by Nate Grimes and Aguir Agau, but Duarte answered with a rebound basket for the Ducks. Jarred Hyder made a layup as Fresno State closed within 64-55 with 3:58 left to play before Duarte followed with a couple free throws.

Altman began his 10th season with the Ducks by winning his 236th game to pass Ernie Kent for the most victories in school history. He also holds the Creighton record with 327 wins.

“I’ve been fortunate,” he said. “I had a great 16-year run at Creighton, I love that school. Nine years here and we love it here. We’ve had real good guys to work with. This is a good group too. They need to play harder and focus on the things we need to do to win as a team. I think we can have a lot of fun if they want to.”