Ducks Defeat LSU, Will Face Iowa on Sunday
Release Date: 03/13/2012
Joseph had 25 points and six assists to lead Oregon past LSU 96-76 Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
"(Missing the NCAA tournament) is always going to be a little disappointing," Joseph said. "But we still have time to do something big."
The third-seeded Ducks (23-9) will host Iowa on Sunday in the second round. Tickets are available for purchase online at goducks.com/mbbtix.
Garrett Sim also had 15 points and Tony Woods matched his career-high with 14 for Oregon, which broke the game open midway through the first half with 24-4 run that gave it a 32-16 lead.
"We got the tempo going where we wanted it to go," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "And I didn't think they were comfortable in that type of game."
Justin Hamilton had 21 points and nine rebounds and Ralston Turner scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (18-15), who were playing in their first postseason game since reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2006.
"They came out with a lot more energy," said Turner, who had 12 points in the second half on four 3-pointers. "I think that was the difference in the game. They just hit us in the mouth, and we didn't respond well."
LSU led 12-8 with 15:39 to go in the first half before the Ducks got rolling with 10 straight points to go up six. Oregon also 12 consecutive points to take their 16-point lead with 9:22 to play in the half.
Joseph had nine points during the spurt, and Woods had six.
"We got steals and got in transition and got some easy baskets," Joseph said. "We were able to speed the game up."
After leading by as many as 20 points in the half, Oregon went to the break up 50-33.
The Tigers twice cut their deficit to 10 points in the final 5 minutes, but both times Joseph answered for the Ducks.
A 5-0 run by LSU made it 79-69 with 5:04 to play but Joseph made his third 3-pointer with 4:38 left to put Oregon up 13.
It was 84-74 with 3:04 left when Joseph hit a fadeaway jumper to start a game-closing 12-2 run to end the game for the Ducks.
Joseph, who was 11 for 17 from the field, had seven points and two assists in the final 5 minutes.
The Ducks outshot the Tigers 58 percent to 44 percent and had 20 assists on 34 field goals. Joseph led the way with six assists.
"For whatever reason, we couldn't guard them," LSU coach Trent Johnson said. "We've guarded better (and) we've played better than that. It was one of those nights."
E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory also scored 11 points each for the Ducks. Johnny O'Bryant had 12 for the Tigers.
Oregon (23-9) will face Iowa (18-16) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
- Oregon improved to 16-3 in home games this year … UO is 18-1 when shooting for a better percentage than the opponent … The Ducks are 17-4 when ahead at halftime (led 50-33) … UO is 16-2 when recording more assists than the opposition … The Ducks are 8-0 in their home white uniforms.
- The Ducks scored a season-high 96 points in the win over LSU. It was just the eighth time this season Oregon scored 80+ points in a game. The Ducks are 7-1 in those contests.
- Devoe Joseph (25 points) reached the 1,000-point mark in the win over LSU. He now has 1,024 career points in 102 career games (10.3 ppg). It was the 18th straight game Joseph has scored 10 or more points (25th in 26 games this year).
- Garrett Sim set the modern school record for career games in an Oregon uniform playing his 134th consecutive game. Sim (15 points) reached double-figures for the 20th time this year (50th time in his career).
- Tony Woods (14 points) has reached double-figures in scoring in back-to-back games for the first time this year. He matched a career-high Woods set last Thursday versus Colorado. It is the fifth time Woods has tallied 10+ points.
- Carlos Emory (11 points) has scored 10 or more points in nine of UO’s last 12 games.
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