Boucher contributes on each end in Oregon win

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks heads toward the hoop as Connecticut’s Steven Enoch defends during the first half of the Ducks’ 79-69 win over the Huskies on Wednesday in the fifth-place game. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — Lanky shot-blocker Chris Boucher is a nightmare under the basket, but the 6-foot-10 senior forward is also no picnic for opponents when he’s away from the hoop.

Boucher sank five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points, and Oregon won 79-69 over Connecticut on Wednesday in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational fifth-place game at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points for the Ducks, Dylan Ennis added 15 and Jordan Bell finished with 12.

“Our biggest thing offensively today, we just wanted to get some ball movement,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “It got our guys moving and freed us up a little bit.”

Boucher also had three blocked shots — giving him 13 in the tournament — as Oregon, ranked 13th by the Associated Press, improved to 4-2.

Oregon’s Dylan Ennis reacts after being fouled in the first half. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Jalen Adams scored 27 points for the Huskies (2-4).

“I think I learned a lot about myself this tournament,” said Adams, who finished the event with 86 points, tied for third-most in its 33-year history. “But I’m more concerned about UConn getting wins and gaining closer chemistry with my brothers.”

UConn also announced Wednesday that Terry Larrier would miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was hurt Monday.

“It’s very unfortunate and we’re sad that we lost him, but he’s told us not to feel sorry for him,” Adams said. “That’s all he’s going to bring us, is positive energy.”

Boucher had a 3-pointer and a dunk as Oregon built a 30-9 lead midway in the first half.

Chris Boucher

The Huskies rallied, and Adams’ layup with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left got them within 67-61, but the Ducks responded with seven straight points.

“We just got down by too much in the first half, and then came out in the second half and didn’t play with the intensity we need to win,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie.

Oregon has won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

“I think obviously we still have a lot of stuff we need to work on offensively and defensively,” Bell said. “But I think we took a step. I think every game we got a little better.”

* Colleen Uechi is at cuechi@mauinews.com.

OREGON Ducks 79


Boucher 7-11 2-4 21, Bell 5-8 2-3 12, Pritchard 1-5 0-1 3, Dorsey 7-11 2-2 19, Ennis 6-10 3-3 15, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Brooks 3-6 3-3 9, Bigby-Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Benson 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 29-53 12-17 79.


Facey 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 2-8 1-2 7, Brimah 4-5 3-4 11, Adams 12-21 2-3 27, Purvis 5-13 1-1 13, Enoch 1-1 0-0 2, Durham  1-1 0-0 2, Vital 3-9 0-0 7. Totals 28-58 7-10 69.

Halftime–Oregon 39-28. 3-Point Goals–Oregon 9-21 (Boucher 5-7, Dorsey 3-6, Pritchard 1-4, Bell 0-1, Ennis 0-3), Connecticut 6-23 (Jackson 2-8, Purvis 2-8, Adams 1-2, Vital 1-5). Fouled Out–Vital. Rebounds–Oregon 32 (Bell, Ennis 8), Connecticut 23 (Brimah 5). Assists–Oregon 18 (Ennis 6), Connecticut 12 (Adams 5). Total Fouls–Oregon 15, Connecticut 20.