Oregon snapped out of its offensive funk Tuesday night, a development that couldn’t have come at a better time for the Ducks with No. 3 Houston next on the schedule.

Five players scored in double figures and Oregon shot a season-best 53% from the floor as it dominated Montana State 81-51 in a nonconference men’s basketball game in front of an announced crowd of 5,347 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon (2-1), which dropped out of the Associated Press top 25 Monday following a loss to UC Irvine last Friday, rebounded against the Bobcats, who returned two starters and nine players from last season’s team that won the Big Sky Conference championship and made the NCAA Tournament.

Center Kel’el Ware had a breakout night for the Ducks as he came off the bench to record a team-high 16 points and a game-high tying seven rebounds.

The five-star freshman center had a combined 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Ducks’ first two games.

“He played hard tonight and his defense was much more active,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “A much better game with much better purpose.”

Oregon's Kel'el Ware, right, dunks over Montana State's Sam Lecholat during the first half at Matthew Knight Arena.

Ware wasn’t the only one with a solid performance Tuesday.

Will Richardson had 12 points and six assists, Quincy Guerrier had 11 points and seven rebounds and Nate Bittle and Keeshawn Barthelemy scored 10 each.

Overall, the Ducks made 32-of-60 field-goal attempts and were 12-of-27 on 3-point attempts.

With their two 7-footers in Ware and Bittle, and 6-11 N’Faly Dante, the Ducks dominated underneath the basket with 38 points in the paint and 17 second-chance points off 11 offensive rebounds.





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