BOISE, Idaho — Ehab Amin came off the bench to score 23 points and grab a team-high-tying six rebounds to lead Oregon past Boise State 62-50 on Saturday night.
Oregon (9-4), which beat the Broncos 66-54 on Dec. 15, completed a sweep of the rare home-and-home nonconference series with the Broncos and did it with only eight scholarship players.
“This win was important,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We needed a win like this. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with injuries and new guys, but we need to keep pressing forward. There are a lot of great opportunities ahead for this team.”
Boise State (5-8), which lost at home for the only the second time this season, focused successfully on stopping Oregon’s Payton Pritchard, who had 19 points in the matchup earlier this season. Pritchard finished with only three points.
“We did a great job on Pritchard, that was a big part of our game plan,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “But it’s not like we said we’re going to double-team Pritchard. We just didn’t make it tough enough on Amin, too.”
Amin, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, had scored just 21 points in his previous nine games combined.
“We just started hitting a lot more jumpers and that opened things up for me,” Amin said. “Then we just started spreading it around. I was just taking what the defense was giving me.”
Oregon found a way to win on the road while missing two starters and one key bench player, something that will serve the Ducks well as they enter Pac-12 play next week.
Bol Bol, a 7-foot-2 freshman who leads the team in scoring (21.0 points per game), rebounding (9.6) and blocks (2.7), has missed the past four games with a foot injury and out indefinitely. Starting forward Kenny Wooten broke his jaw against Baylor and is expected to be out for another five to six weeks. Forward Abu Kigab, who missed the past three games with a sprained foot, may return to action next Saturday.