EUGENE - The Ducks performance Saturday against the Point Loma Sea Lions left more questions than answers for Oregon leading into regular season opener. But one thing is for certain, if UO repeats its play this Friday, they'll have an awfully hard time playing Georgetown competitively.
"We played terrible. Coach bit us a little bit at halftime in the locker room," said guard Johnathan Loyd. "All in all, that wasn't a very good showing for us."
Oregon trailed by two at the half, as the Sea Lions shot over 50 percent from the field and three-point line before righting the ship in the second to win 68-52.
"We weren't guarding very well at all to start. They were shooting oner 50 percent from the field. We didn't have much snap to our defense," Altman said.
"I think we just came out relaxed. You can't come out relaxed and come out soft against any team. They came out and played harder than us," said guard Joseph Young.
According to Young, who led all scorers with 21 points, it was clear in shoot-around and warm-ups that something wasn't quite right.
"Guys were slacking, they weren't doing the regular warm-up routine. That's the things we can't do in the games that are upcoming like Georgetown. We've got to come out with more intensity and we've got to be pumped up for the game.
Young did his best part to keep the Ducks in it in the first, scoring 15 of his points in the first 20 minutes.
It was certainly a tale of two halves on the defensive end, as the Se Lions were just 5-for-29 from the
field in the second period of play, after shooting 14-25 in the first.
"We didn't learn to communicate that much better over halftime, they just did it," Altman said. "Our talking defensively did pick up in the second half and I think that's why we had a better effort."
With many question marks surrounding the Ducks rebounding and front court prowess, the Ducks got a steady wave of Waverly Austin, who led the team in rebounding en route to a 16 point, 12 rebound double-double performance.
"I'm happy for him. He needed it. I'll take that every game if he can do that," Loyd said.
Austin and Young's play were especially important with Damyean Dotson and Mike Moser held out with precautionary injuries.
Altman says neither injury was serious and that he anticipates both will play against Georgetown.
Jalil Abdul-Bassit missed the game as well and was wearing a boot on his foot.