For the first time all season, Oregon (9-4) went on the road and picked up an important victory in an opponent’s home. Without three starters, the shorthanded Ducks beat Boise State 62-50 in Idaho on Saturday night.
Ehab Amin, a grad transfer, came off the bench to score 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field to lead the Ducks. Amin, who also had six rebounds, finished 2-of-4 from three-point territory and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Paul White added 13 points for the Ducks, the only other player besides Amin to put up double-figures. With starters Bol Bol, Kenny Wooten and Abu Kigab all out injured, White emerged as the leader in the frontcourt for a team struggling at depth in the post.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman stressed to his team that without its three starters, the Ducks must come out fast and establish a rhythm. An Amin three-pointer gave the Ducks a 9-5 lead midway through the first half.
But the Broncos (5-8) responded with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes, closing out the half with a 24-21 lead.
An early layup gave Boise State a five-point lead after the break, but the Oregon responded with a 13-2 run to take a 34-28 lead. Victor Bailey Jr. gave the Ducks a big spark, scoring seven points during the run.
Boise State made it interesting in the end, cutting their deficit to six, 56-50, with 2:57 to play. Once again, the Ducks responded as Amin and Louis King combined for a 6-0 run to close out the game.
It was a good win for Oregon, who was desperate to pick up a road victory with Pac-12 play beginning next week. The Ducks have one week off before beginning conference play with its rival Oregon State (8-4). Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th from Matthew Knight Arena.