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SMU misses opportunity to win first six games for third straight season in loss to Oregon


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eric Williams Jr. had 19 points and five rebounds as No. 13 Oregon defeated SMU 86-63 Friday night.

Will Richardson and Jacob Young each scored 18 points as the Ducks (2-0) shot 51.6% from the field, including 9 for 20 on 3-pointers.

Rivaldo Soares had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds — Oregon had a 39-27 advantage on the boards. Quincy Guerrier had nine points and six rebounds for the Ducks, while Franck Kepnang had seven points and six rebounds.

Emmanuel Bandoumel scored 14 points to pace the Mustangs (1-1), who shot 37.7% from the field.

The Ducks shot 63.3% from the field in the first half to take a 50-35 lead at the break. Oregon scored the first eight points of the second half to pull ahead 58-35.

BIG PICTURE

SMU: The Mustangs won their first six games in each of the past two seasons, marking only the second time they accomplished that feat in consecutive seasons in school history. They won’t reach that mark for a third straight season. … SMU is 7-12 against Top 25 teams under coach Tim Jankovich.

OREGON: The Ducks have not trailed in either of their first two games. … Oregon signed two five-star recruits, point guard Dior Johnson and center Kel’el Ware, in the early signing period along with junior college transfer Tyrone Williams.

UP NEXT

SMU: Hosts Northwestern State on Monday night.

Oregon: Plays BYU on Tuesday night in Portland, Ore.

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