When Oregon regained All-American candidate Dillon Brooks in time for the Maui Invitational, many thought it would be a cure-all for some of problems that had plagued the Ducks during their first three games of the season.
Turns out it wasn’t that simple.
It’s clear Oregon isn’t as far along as it would like to be offensively after the Ducks suffered a 65-61 loss to previously struggling Georgetown in Brooks’ debut. They rallied from 17 down at halftime to take the lead with eight minutes left in the game, but they could not sustain that level of defensive intensity and quickly fell behind again.
“We came back all the way and took the lead, but then, I think, on the next four or five possessions, we had three turnovers and two front ends of one-and-ones that we missed,” Oregon coach Dana Altman told reporters in Maui. “So as great a comeback as it was we weren’t tough enough to finish it.”
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