‘Fired up’ Bay­lor up­sets Ore­gon

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Johnathan Mot­ley and the Bears got quite an earl­y­sea­son con­fi­dence boost — their first-ever non-con­fer­ence home win over a top­five op­po­nent.

And it counts even though fourth-ranked Ore­gon was with­out pre­sea­son All-Amer­ica for­ward Dil­lon Brooks, their 6-foot-7 ju­nior who was their lead­ing scorer last sea­son but is still re­cov­er­ing from off­sea­son foot surgery.

An ea­ger Mot­ley, who was sus­pended for the opener, scored 17 points in his sea­son de­but as Bay­lor beat the Ducks 66-49 on Tues­day in Waco, Texas.

“It gives us con­fi­dence know­ing we can go out there and beat a good team like Ore­gon and maybe keep things go­ing,” Mot­ley said. “I was pretty fired up. It’s re­ally hard watch­ing your team­mates play.”

Mot­ley missed the sea­son opener for Bay­lor (2-0) af­ter vi­o­lat­ing an NCAA rule by play­ing in an im­proper sum­mer league game.

Trail­ing by 10 at the break, Ore­gon (1-1) got within 33-32 on Chris Boucher’s dunk to cap a sec­ond hal­fopen­ing 9-0 run.

The Ducks had the ball again with the chance to go ahead af­ter Dy­lan En­nis’ steal, but then turned it over.

That led to Ish­mail Wain­right’s layup from Matt Le­comte’s ally-oop pass, and Bay­lor started to stretch the lead again.

Le­comte had 18 points on 6 of 9 shoot­ing that in­cluded four 3-point­ers. Jo Lual-Acuil grabbed 14 re­bounds and had seven blocked shots for Bay­lor.

En­nis led Ore­gon with 16 points, and Boucher fin­ished with 12. Jor­dan Bell had 11 re­bounds.

“(We) didn’t play very well, and didn’t make plays for each other, so we’ve got a tremen­dous amount of work to do,” Ore­gon coach Dana Alt­man said. “It’s dif­fi­cult (with­out Brooks), but that’s the way it goes. There’s no doubt he’s a good player, but we’ve got some other good play­ers that didn’t play very well.” Badgers fall: Khyri Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half, break­ing open a close game with a three-point play and 3pointer on con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions, and No. 22 Creighton de­feated No. 9 Wis­con­sin 79-67 in Omaha, Neb.

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