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Freeman scores 22, but No. 20 Baylor hurt by turnovers in 74-67 loss at No. 25 Oregon


EUGENE, Oregon — Baylor coach Scott Drew had no trouble identifying his team's primary downfall in its first road test of the season.

The bottom line in the turnover column was the culprit for his Bears after Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook both scored 15 points to lead No. 25 Oregon to a 74-67 victory over No. 20 Baylor on Monday night.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't execute better on the offensive end," Drew said. "Credit Oregon's defense and their crowd.

"Twenty-eight points in transition on 18 turnovers — we didn't execute very well and they deserve a lot of credit for that."

The Ducks (2-0), who entered the Top 25 earlier in the day, held off several rallies by the Bears (1-1) with balanced scoring and by battling to a 35-all rebounding draw.

Dwayne Benjamin had 13 points off the bench for Oregon. Tyler Dorsey added 12 and Dillon Brooks scored 10.

Al Freeman led Baylor with 22 points, and reserve Johnathan Motley had 17.

After trailing by 16 early in the second half, Baylor twice got as close as three — the last time on Taurean Prince's 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. But the Ducks sealed the victory with four free throws, though they did miss four of 10 from the line in the final minute.

Baylor was down by 13 with less than 6 minutes to play when a 10-0 run, fueled by Freeman's two 3-pointers, brought the Bears within three.

King McClure then missed a 3 from the corner that could have tied it before Oregon finally found an answer in Cook, who banked in a short jumper to stop the bleeding.

Oregon finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (24 of 55), and Baylor was 24 of 61 for 39.3 percent. The Ducks did most of their damage by hitting 18 of 30 attempts from inside the 3-point line.

Ishmail Wainright had nine rebounds for Baylor, and Freeman and Motley added seven each. Boucher led the Ducks with eight rebounds.

Drew said Oregon being able to compete with his brawnier Bears on the boards wasn't unexpected.

"I was more surprised that we turned it over as much as we did," he said. "If you take away those 28 points, then you're feeling pretty good about the game, but the 28 points off turnovers is just giving the game away.

"It's like in football having four turnovers against a good team. You're not going to win, so we've got to do a better job of executing on the offensive end."

Both teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm early. The Ducks pushed the margin to 11 points twice with balanced scoring, led by Dorsey's eight points, for a 35-24 halftime lead.

Meanwhile, the Bears, who had 31 assists and only eight turnovers in their season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin, shot just 29 percent and had almost as many turnovers (eight) as field goals (nine) at the break.

Baylor finished the half missing 11 of its last 13 attempts from the field.


Drew's six-man rotation appears well established with Motley, a former starter, coming off the bench. Yet it was several young players who contributed to the Bears' second-half push after they trailed by 16 points. "We had some young players step up and really play well," Drew said. "That was real encouraging for us, to give guys minutes in a hostile environment against a quality team. Jake Lindsey, King McClure and T.J. Maston are people who hadn't played a lot before."


Baylor: The Bears are looking to match what Oregon achieved last season by making a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in school history. In the last six years Baylor has reached the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet Sixteen once. It missed the postseason in 2011 and won the NIT in 2013. ... Despite the loss, Baylor extended its streak to 47 games of holding opponents to fewer than 75 points.

Oregon: Scouts from nine NBA teams were in attendance, representing the Nuggets, Mavericks, Thunder, Wizards, Grizzlies, Spurs, Jazz, Timberwolves and Bulls. ... The Ducks and Bears met for the first time. ... Baylor was the first ranked opponent from outside the Pac-12 to play at Matthew Knight Arena since the Ducks moved into their new home in January 2011. The last ranked nonconference team to visit Eugene was No. 9 Missouri in December 2010.


Baylor hosts Jackson State on Friday night.

Oregon hosts Savannah State on Friday night.

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