PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon weathered some early-seasonmistakes in a competitive November matchup with Memphis.
Shakur Juiston had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 14Oregon overcame the lapses to hold off the 13th-ranked Tigers 82-74 in theinaugural Phil Knight Invitational on Tuesday night.
“As a team we knew that we were just making a lot ofmistakes, with the ball and defense,” Ducks guard Will Richardson said.“We never really hung our heads, we always kept our heads and keptfighting because we knew it was all things we could fix, and if we fixed thosethings, we’d be right back in the game.”
Payton Pritchard added 14 points and six assists as theDucks collected their third straight win to open the season.
James Wiseman had 14 points and 12 rebounds as controversycontinued to swirl around the Tigers’ 7-foot-1 freshman phenom. Memphis (2-1)was led by Lester Quinones with 16 points.
Oregon’s Chris Durte had to be helped off the court with5:12 left in the opening half. He started the second half but quickly went backto the bench. Coach Dana Altman said after the game that Duarte had a bruisedknee.
The Ducks led by as many as 12 points in the second half,but Memphis closed within 65-61 after Quinones’ fast-break layup capped an 8-0run.
Pritchard’s 3-pointer put Oregon up 70-63 with 4:53 left.Wiseman’s jumper got the Tigers within four points at 71-67, but Richardson’s 3extended the lead again for the Ducks.
Pritchard sunk another 3-pointer with 1:32 left that made it77-69 and Memphis could not catch up.
“A lot of good things, but a lot of things to work on.And that’s what you expect,” Altman said, pointing to Oregon’s 18turnovers.
Wiseman played sparingly in the first half after collectingtwo quick fouls.
Memphis issued a statement on Friday saying Wiseman, thenation’s top-rated recruit and likely a first-round NBA draft pick next year,would miss games while the university worked to restore his eligibility. Butthe school also said it supports Wiseman challenging the NCAA and has let himplay under a temporary restraining order obtained by his attorney.
An NCAA investigation revealed that Wiseman was likelyineligible because Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, who was then coach of EastHigh School, gave $11,500 in moving expenses to help Wiseman’s family move fromNashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017.
Wiseman scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had fiveblocks in a 92-46 win over Illinois-Chicago on Friday night.
The NCAA said in a statement during that game that Wiseman“is likely ineligible. The university chose to play him and ultimately isresponsible for ensuring its student-athletes are eligible to play.”
A court hearing in the case was scheduled for Monday.
Hardaway said the issues swirling around Wiseman did notfactor into the loss.
“I’m not gonna make any excuses. I mean, I think it’sbeen obviously a tough week for the 18-year-old, but we were ready to play. Weunderstood what was going on,” Hardaway said.
Memphis went 22-14 last season in its first year underHardaway.
Oregon is the reigning Pac-12 champion. Last season, as theNo. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks lost in the Sweet 16 to eventualnational champion Virginia.
In front 41-35 at the half, Oregon held onto the lead untilQuinones’ 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 49-48 advantage with 15:48 left. Oregonresponded with a 9-0 run to go up 57-49.
“We just got to learn from this, learn from toughlosses like this on the road,” Quinones said. “We just got outplayedtonight, gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, missed out on some of the littlethings. And like you said, us being young, we just really have to learn forstuff like this and just come together.”
Memphis: The Tigers returned just three players who saw actionlast season. … Memphis freshmen Precious Achiuwa and Wiseman both played atthe Moda Center last April in the Nike Hoops Summit. Wiseman’s Team USAdefeated Achiuwa’s Team World 93-87.
Oregon: The Ducks were listed as the visiting team for thegame. … The game was the first of the PK Invitational doubleheader, afollow-up of sorts to the 16-team PK80 tournament in 2017 to honor Nikeco-founder Phil Knight. Oregon State played Oklahoma in the second game. Theevent will continue through 2021.
The Ducks saw the return of starting center Francis Okoro,who missed the game against Boise State after he was hit by a car while walkingnear the team’s arena in Eugene earlier in the week. He finished with sevenpoints and nine rebounds.
Coming off its back-to-back wins to open the season, theTigers moved up a spot in the AP Top 25 this week but now can expect to drop abit.
Oregon also jumped a spot after winning its first two gamesagainst Fresno State and Boise State, and the Ducks should continue to climb.
Memphis: The Tigers host Alcorn State on Saturday.
Oregon: The Ducks host Texas-Arlington on Sunday at MatthewKnight Arena.
AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Tennessee contributed tothis report.