Senior Troy Huff scored 25 points and classmate Aaron Anderson added 22, but a slow start would come back to cost North Dakota as No. 14/15 Oregon withstood a late rally by the visitors to remain unbeaten and post a 91-76 victory on Saturday at Matt Arena.
The Ducks (6-0) built a 49-32 advantage at halftime, but UND's high-scoring senior duo would not allow the home team to put the game into cruise control after the break. Oregon also improved to 2-0 in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge, while UND (2-3) dropped its second straight.
"Compared to yesterday, I was really proud of our guys, "UND head coach Brian Jones said. "Yesterday we had no energy, no pop to us. Our guys responded, bounced back today and showed the way we are capable of playing."
Huff and Anderson combined for 33 points in the closing 20 minutes, but Oregon would not allow a spirited-UND club to cut the deficit to single digits. Huff had 16 after the break and Anderson added 17, but after Jamal Webb made it an 81-70 contest with just over two minutes to play, the Green and White could not get any closer.
Joseph Young led Oregon with 23 points and went 8-for-8 from the foul line as the Ducks scored 50 of their 91 points in the paint. Oregon also got a boost from its bench, outscoring UND's 43-8. Jason Callisted and Richard Armadi each had 15 in reserve roles.
Senior Jaron Nash added 12 points for UND and 10 of those came early as he tried to get the UND offense going. He helped his club build a quick 5-2 lead by scoring all of those points, but Oregon would answer with an 11-0 run and never trail again.
A big reason why UND stayed in the game after halftime was its defense as the Green and White forced Oregon into 12 of its 20 turnovers in the second stanza. UND would outscored the Ducks 44-42 after the break and Oregon would get eight of those points in the final two minutes from the free-throw line.
Huff narrowly missed his second double-double of the season, grabbing nine rebounds. Five of those came on the offensive end as UND had 16 of its 28 rebounds on that side of the floor.
Senior Mike Moser and his length caused fits for UND as the six-foot-eight forward did get a double-double for Oregon, scoring 13 points and pulling down a game-high 15 boards in the win. Moser, a UNLV transfer, had as many defensive rebounds as UND did with 12 as Oregon held a 44-28 advantage on the glass.
Another area that proved costly for UND was from beyond the 3-point line. Anderson did his part, connecting on 4-for-6 attempts, but those would be the only makes for UND, who saw the rest of the team miss its 15 tries. Meanwhile, Oregon went 4-for-10 from deep and also added 21 free throws (24 attempts).
Huff got to the line 10 times, making nine of those attempts, but overall, UND shot just 14-for-21 from the stripe.
UND closes out the three-game GSHC on Sunday against Pacific, who is 1-1 in the tournament after knocking off Cal Poly 73-71 earlier on Saturday. Tipoff against the Tigers is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
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