“He will have a great year. Wow, this week, there are two really good games. “
Oregon bounced back from an 83-75 loss to Missouri in their opener, a game in which they scored a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in their first game since Omorui’s transfer.
The Ducks (1-1) did not retreat against Seton Hall for the last eight minutes, when they went 14-4 and took a 16-point lead. Eric Williams Jr. scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and Chris Duart finished with 14 points.
Seton Hall (1-3) opened the 1982-83 team with five straight losses after their worst start. Shower Reynolds Jr. was leading the Pirates with 17 points and Tires Samuel and Miles Cal had 11 points.
The Ducks, however, shut down Pirates star Sandro Mamukelashvili. It took him 15 minutes to make his first basket, and it was a bank-in 3 from the wing. The 6-foot-11 senior didn’t score again until he had five minutes left in the game.
Mamukelashvili came into the game with 21.7 points from 21 breasts of a big East. He only tried seven shots and finished with 10 points.
“Our goal was to keep the ball out of his hands as much as possible,” Altman said. “There is no doubt that he is the man who drinks alcohol for them.”
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said it was clear they were doing everything they could to get Duck Mumukelashville out.
Willard said, “I didn’t do a good job of getting him around in different situations. “It’s more on me than Sandro.”
Oregon received a boost from LJ Figueroa, a substitute from St. John’s who received his NCAA waiver on Friday. He scored six points, struck out nine and put up a strong defense against Mamukelashvili.
“Well, LJ Figueroa is a hack of a player,” Altman said. “He gave us a lot of energy tonight. That was the difference in the game. If we didn’t have that, I’m not sure we would succeed. “
Oregon: Game Ducks was second in three days in Omaha due to time-related problems associated with the COVID-19 epidemic. He was able to use his connections at Creaton to set up games at the health center. Oltman coached at Creighton for 16 years before moving to Oregon in 2010.
Seton Hall: The Pirates embarked on a four-game road trip that took them to four states in seven days. They need to get Mamukelashvili involved in the crime as soon as possible. He got off to a slow start with a 76-63 loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday.
The ducks were to return to Uranus, Oregon, shortly after the game. Oltman had hoped the team would choose one or two matches when they were in Omaha.
Altman said it was not a happy personal journey. He loved to meet friends and meet his father in his hometown of Wilbur, Nebraska, 90 minutes from Oba.
“It’s not fun to be on the road this year,” Altman said. “I didn’t even leave my hotel room. Everything I ate from plastic containers contained no vegetables or salads. They bring you pasta. Haven’t eaten very well in the last four days. I had a nice room and everything, but staying in it for four days was not fun. “
Oregon visits Washington on December 12.
Seton Hall visits Penn State on Sunday.
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