Ducks Pull Away Late In 94-73 Loss At Oregon
Travis Hammonds scored a career high 27 points in the loss.
Eugene, Ore. - A 9-2 run to start the second half gave Long Beach State a six-point lead, but Oregon would command the rest of the game in a 94-73 loss on the road for the Beach in Eugene.
Junior Travis Hammonds kept Long Beach State (6-7) in it with a career night from the field. Hammonds tied four other 49ers for the school record with eight 3-pointers made, and shot the highest percentage of those players by going 8-for-10 from beyond the arc, scoring a career high 27 points.
The majority of those points came in the first half as the Beach held close with Oregon (9-2) on the road. The Ducks led the entirety of the half, but the Beach never trailed by more than six in the first in large part because of Hammonds, who scored 21 points and went 6-for-7 from three before the teams hit the locker rooms.
"It's disappointing that we wasted a great effort by one guy to keep us in there until we could get other guys into a flow," said Dan Monson regarding Hammonds. "We just put too much pressure on our offense."
A 3-pointer from Hammonds to close the half had pulled Long Beach State to within one point of the Ducks at halftime 40-39, and while Oregon scored the first bucket of the second, Long Beach State answered with a 9-0 run to take a 48-42 lead, forcing a Dana Altman timeout.
Out of the stoppage, the Ducks pushed back, reeling off a 9-0 run of their own to take a three point lead. A fast-break dunk from Nick Faust would once more give the Beach the lead at 52-51 with 13:19 to play, but Oregon would continue to shoot over 50 percent from the field, and made 22 free throws which helped the Ducks pull away over the final ten minutes.
"We've got to learn to trust each other," said Monson. "When we hit adversity, we've just got to continue to get back to what we do, rather than trying to do too much."
Roschon Prince added 15 points for the Beach, while Faust added 14 points with six assists and six rebounds.
Long Beach State will now face two ranked opponents back to back. The 49ers start with a trip to No. 12 Arizona on December 22, and then play No. 6 Duke on December 30.
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