EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks' men basketball team beat UT Arlinton 67-47 in Matthew Knight Arena Sunday night.
It was the Ducks' first game since their win over a ranked Memphis team in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland.
However, the team did not come out with the same approach against the Mavericks. Oregon went up 16 points early in the first half, but failed to put the team away. UT Arlington got back in the game and cut the lead to nine before heading in to halftime.
"They're a hard playing team and we definitely get the experience," said guard Anthony Mathis. "You know we have to take care of the ball a little more, be crisp on our passes, and just share the ball a lot more. So I mean you definitely get those nerves out when you get a team like that playing super hard."
There were nine lead changes in the game that most would assume the 14th ranked Ducks would have ran away with early. Head coach, Dana Altman did make the most of his time, cycling in nine players who all played at least 18 minutes.
Altman said, "You can still work on things and get better winning. You know you usually get their attention when you lose a little bit. But you can still make a lot of progress winning games. And you know, our teams need to do that."
Senior guard Payton Prithard led the way for Oregon with 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assist. Addison Patterson and Will Richardson each had nine points, while C.J. Walker also had eight rebounds.
Next, the Ducks will host Houston Friday, November 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena.