Ducks survive Texas Southern
OREGON 74, Texas Southern 68
• The Ducks started slowly before securing the nonleague win at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon improved to 7-3, while Texas Southern fell to 0-9.
Payton Pritchard, the sophomore point guard from West Linn, had 16 points for Oregon.
Five other Ducks scored in double figures: Kenny Wooten had 13 points, Victor Bailey Jr. and Paul White each had 11, and Troy Brown and MiKyle McIntosh had 10 apiece.
Oregon didn't shoot great, finishing at 42.4 percent from the field (8 of 25 on 3-pointers), but the Ducks held the Tigers to 39.3 percent (7 of 25 from beyond the arc).
Oregon coach Dana Altman was wary of Texas Southern, which had several losses to good teams and all of them on the road.
Among Texas Southern's defeats: 86-84 in overtime at Washington State (after leading by 22 points), 97-69 at Gonzaga, 82-64 at Ohio State, 80-67 at Syracuse, 114-71 at Kansas, and 84-77 at Clemson.
The Ducks, meanwhile, needed to start building a higher winning percentage before the start of Pac-12 play, which for them will be Dec. 29 in Eugene against Utah.
Oregon's next game is 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Portland State.
The Ducks went 7 1/2 minutes of the first half Monday without a basket and trailed 19-17 when they finally hit with about seven minutes left before intermission. Oregon managed to lead 32-31 at the break.
The Tigers struggled more coming out of the locker room, with UO scoring the first 14 points, and four minutes into the second half the Ducks had a 46-31 lead.
Texas Southern battled back, though, to within one point before Oregon pushed its leadback to five with two minutes to go.
A 3 by Brown made the score 74-68 with 45 seconds remaining.