‘Fired up’ Baylor upsets Oregon
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.