Oregon seeks to stop slide against soaring Montana

Oregon will look to end a two-game slide when it hosts the Montana surge in a non-conference game on Monday in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon (3-3) have lost three of their last four games, their most recent loss being a 78-49 loss to No.12 Houston in the third-place game at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The Ducks opened the tournament with a 73-49 victory over Chaminade before losing 62-50 to Saint Mary’s.

Houston completely dominated the Ducks, who trailed 41-19 at halftime and were 53-19 behind after the Cougars opened the second half on a fiery run.

“We have a long way to go. The way we have regressed over the past two weeks shocks me,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “It will be a long way back. We have been buried for the past two weeks. It will take a huge effort to try to get it back.”

Oregon is led by Eric Williams Jr., who averages 13.0 points and 2.0 steals per game, while Jacob Young averages 10.5 points per game. Will Richardson adds 9.3 points and Quincy Guerrier leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Montana (4-2) extended their winning streak to three with a 74-62 loss of visiting southern Mississippi to win the Zootown Classic on Friday. Lonnell Martin Jr. had 20 points and Robby Beasley III added 17. Josh Bannan had 15 points and 10 rebounds, the team’s top, and Cameron Parker had nine points and eight assists.

The Grizzlies opened the Zootown Classic with a 71-61 victory over San Diego in which Beasley and Bannan scored 19 and 16 points, respectively.

Bannan is averaging 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while Brandon Whitney is averaging 10.8 points and Beasley 9.5.

“I thought it was a good week for us because we saw adversity, we played adversity and we went out and made big plays, which shows that we are growing,” said Montana coach Travis DeCuire. “It was great for us to come out on top.”

–Field level media

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