Eugene Omoruyi erupts for career-high 31 points, but Oregon men’s basketball drops season opener to Missouri

In its first game in 271 days, Oregon was led by a player who waited even longer to return to the court.

Eugene Omoruyi, a redshirt senior who sat out last season after transferring from Rutgers, scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds for the No. 21 Ducks in an 83-75 season-opening loss to Missouri on Wednesday night at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

“Eugene fought his tail off to keep us in the game,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Without his physicality and him playing like he did, we hoo. He was by far the brightest spot competitive-wise, toughness-wise. He made up for a lot of guys. Unbelievable effort. Thought he played hard and played well.”

It was a performance 631 days in the making for Omoruyi, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2018-19 for the Scarlet Knights and last played in a college basketball game in the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2019.

Omoruyi opened his UO tenure with his eighth career double-double, shooting 10 of 19 from the field including 2 of 6 from three-point range and 9 of 11 at the foul line. Seven of his 11 rebounds were on the offensive end.

But it wasn’t enough to win, as Chris Duarte (22 points) and Eric Williams Jr. (13 points, nine rebounds) were the only other Ducks to score in double figures.

Altman said he knew Omoruyi would be a double-figure scorer for the Ducks because of his time at Rutgers and his work ethic.

“He’s been our hardest worker in practice,” Altman said. “He’s done a tremendous job. I thought he would play well tonight and he sure did. He tried taking charges, he tried to do everything for us. A really, really good effort. … That’s as hard-nosed a performance as we’ve had from an inside guy in a long time.”

Xavier Pinson scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures for the Tigers, who led 42-31 at halftime thanks to an edge in turnovers and rebounding. Both teams took better care of the ball in the second half, though, and Oregon dominated the glass 23-12 after the break.

Altman wasn’t pleased with UO’s first half execution on offense, particularly at guard, but put the onus largely on himself for transfer Amauri Hardy (three points, five assists and four turnovers) and freshman Jalen Terry (0 for 4, one assist) struggling at running the point due to Will Richardson being out for six weeks following left thumb surgery for an injury he suffered earlier in the week.

“Some of those turnovers were flat embarrassing,” Altman said. “I can’t put it any other way and I told the guys that. I said, ‘Fellas, we’re tossing the ball around here like we haven’t done anything. I know I’m asking you guys to do a few more different things but we got to be able to make adjustments here because Will’s going to be gone for a while.’”

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College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State still No. 4 in after cancellation; USC drops to No. 20

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week.

The selection committee’s top seven teams were unchanged from last week’s rankings after the playoff contenders either won comfortably or didn’t play because of COVID-19 issues.

Texas A&M (6-1) was in fifth and Florida (7-1) sixth.

Ohio State (4-0) had to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the program. It was the second game of the season the Buckeyes have missed out on. One more cancellation would leave them ineligible for the Big Ten championship game and unable to play more than six regular-season games.

No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0) also had its last game canceled. The Bearcats are next scheduled to play Dec. 12 at Tulsa.

The College Football Playoff has set no minimum number of games played to be eligible for the playoff. It’s just going to be up to the selection committee to figure out how many is too few.

“There is a discrepancy sometimes between a team that plays eight or nine games and a team that’s played three or four games and frankly that’s a problem (in ranking teams),” said selection committee chairman Gary Barta, who is Iowa’s athletic director.

Barta said the committee discussed ranking Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State, but for now the Buckeyes and their potent offense led by quarterback Justin Fields are holding down the final playoff spot.

“When those two teams were put side-by-side this morning and last night, there just wasn’t enough there to put Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State,” Barta said.

Texas A&M is coming off a 20-7 victory against LSU that was played in a rainy and windy conditions.

Georgia was eighth and Iowa State and Miami rounded out the top 10. Oklahoma was 11th, followed by Indiana and BYU.

The Cougars, who are hoping for a New Year’s Six bowl, edged up one spot.

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. Georgia
9. Iowa State
10. Miami (FL.)
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Brigham Young
14. Northwestern
15. Oklahoma State
16. Wisconsin
17. North Carolina
18. Coastal Carolina
19. Iowa
20. USC
21. Marshall
22. Washington
23. Oregon
24. Tulsa
25. Louisiana-Lafayette

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Eugene Omoruyi erupts for career-high 31 points, 11 rebounds but Oregon men’s basketball drops season opener to Missouri

In its first game in 271 days, Oregon was led by a player who waited even longer to return to the court.

Eugene Omoruyi, a redshirt-senior who sat out last season after transferring from Rutgers, scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds for the No. 21 Ducks in a 83-75 season-opening loss to Missouri Wednesday night at the the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.

It was a performance 631 days in the making for Omuruyi, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2018-19 for the Scarlet Knights and last played in a college basketball game in the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2019.

Omuruyi opened his UO tenure with his eighth career double-double, but it wasn’t enough to win as only Chris Duarte (22 points) and Eric Williams Jr. (13 points, nine rebounds) were the only other Ducks in double-figures.

Xavier Pinson scored 22 points to lead five players in double-figures for the Tigers, who led 42-31 at halftime thanks to an edge in turnovers and rebounding. Both teams took better care of the ball in the second half though and Oregon dominated the glass 23-12 after the break.

Omuruyi scored 12 straight spanning the end of the first half into the start of the second to get UO within 42-37. But Pinson scored eight points as part of a 12-2 Missouri run in response.

Duarte hit a three to pull Oregon within 76-71 with 45.4 to go, but the Ducks couldn’t get any closer.

The Oregonian/OregonLive will update this story.

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Texas A&M remains No. 5; Texas drops out of rankings

While the Texas A&M Aggies picked up another SEC win over the weekend, schools like Texas and SMU suffered some crucial losses.

Here’s a look at the latest AP poll released Sunday:

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (8-0) Last week: 1

2. Notre Dame (9-0) Last week: 2

3. Ohio State (4-0) Last week: 3

4. Clemson (8-1) Last week: 4

5. Texas A&M (6-1) Last week: 5

6. Florida (7-1) Last week: 6

7. Cincinnati (8-0) Last week: 7

8. BYU (9-0) Last week: 8

9. Miami (7-1) Last week: 10

10. Indiana (5-1) Last week: 12

11. Georgia (6-2) Last week: 13

12. Iowa State (7-2) Last week: 15

13. Oklahoma (6-2) Last week: 14

14. Coastal Carolina (9-0) Last week: 16

15. Marshall (7-0) Last week: 17

16. Northwestern (5-1) Last week: 11

17. USC (3-0) Last week: 19

18. Wisconsin (2-1) Last week: 18

19. Oklahoma State (6-2) Last week: 21

20. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1) Last week: 23

21. Oregon (3-1) Last week: 9

22. Tulsa (5-1) Last week: 24

23. Washington (3-0) Last week: NR

24. Iowa (4-2) Last week: NR

25. Liberty (9-1) Last week: NR

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 65, Buffalo 56, Texas 39, Auburn 25, Colorado 21, North Carolina State 11, Boise State 8, San Jose State 8, SMU 8, Oregon State 1, UCF 1.

Amway Coaches Poll

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. Texas A&M

7. Cincinnati

8. BYU

9. Miami

10. Georgia

11. Indiana

12. Iowa State

13. Oklahoma

14. Coastal Carolina

15. Marshall

16. USC

17. Northwestern

18. Oklahoma State

19. Wisconsin

20. Oregon

21. UL Lafayette

22. Tulsa

23. Washington

24. Iowa

25. Liberty

Others receiving votes: Auburn 75; North Carolina 68; Missouri 43; Texas 40; NC State 40; Appalachian State 33; Buffalo 29; Colorado 27; San Jose State 19; Memphis 17; Boise State 15; Nevada 14; Boston College 10; Army 6; Mississippi 3; West Virginia 2; Florida Atlantic 1; Central Florida 1.

Chuck Carlton’s AP Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Texas A&M

6. Florida

7. Cincinnati

8. BYU

9. Georgia

10. Miami

11. Indiana

12. Iowa State

13. Oklahoma

14. Coastal Carolina

15. Northwestern

16. USC

17. Marshall

18. Oregon

19. Wisconsin

20. Oklahoma State

21. UL Lafayette

22. Washington

23. Tulsa

24. Iowa

25. Liberty

CFP Rankings (from last Tuesday)

1. Alabama (7-0)

2. Notre Dame (8-0)

3. Clemson (7-1)

4. Ohio State (4-0)

5. Texas A&M (5-1)

6. Florida (5-1)

7. Cincinnati (8-0)

8. Northwestern (5-0)

9. Georgia (5-2)

10. Miami (7-1)

11. Oklahoma (6-2)

12. Indiana (4-1)

13. Iowa State (6-2)

14. BYU (9-0)

15. Oregon (3-0)

16. Wisconsin (2-1)

17. Texas (5-2)

18. USC (3-0)

19. North Carolina (6-2)

20. Coastal Carolina (8-0)

21. Marshall (7-0)

22. Auburn (5-2)

23. Oklahoma State (5-2)

24. Iowa (3-2)

25. Tulsa (5-1)

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Louisville Drops Road Finale at Boston College

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Hitting the road for the final time during the 2020 regular season, old habits continue to die hard for Louisville, as the Cardinals fell to Boston College 34-27 despite a large amount of production from a pair of offensive playmakers.

Quarterback Malik Cunningham finished with a career high in total offensive, accumulating 294 through the air on 19-31 passing and 133 on the ground on 17 attempts, for 427 total, as well as a pair of touchdowns.

His favorite target on the night was unquestionably Dez Fitzpatrick, as the wide receiver hauled in a career-high 182 yards on eight receptions. Jalen Mitchell, who was the newly-christened running back following the news of Maurice Burkley having to miss the remainder of the season, finished with 44 yards on 44 rushes.

But unfortunately, as has been the case all season long with Louisville, turnovers continued to rear their ugly head. Heading into the game having lost 21 turnovers, the second-most in the country, the Cardinals added three more to that ledger. Two of them in turn led to 10 points off turnovers for Boston College, proving to be the difference maker as Louisville out-gained them 493-435.

The Eagles, who normally rely on the arm of quarterback Phil Jurkovic to lead their offense, found a lot of their success on the ground. BC finished with 188 rushing yards, although Jurkovic did manage 203 passing yards before exiting due to injury.

James Turner’s 44-yard field goal cracked the scoreboard first, but then fumbles from Hassan Hall & Tutu Atwell led directly to a rushing score from BC’s David Bailey and then a field goal from Aaron Boumerhi.

While Boston College would add another field goal before half, Louisville was fortunate that neither first-half BC kick turned into endzone trips. Despite being short starting nose tackle Jared Goldwire, who was declared unavailable for the game, the defensive front bent but did not break, forcing BC to settle for a pair of goal line field goals and not a pair of touchdowns.

Coupled with a 2-yard rushing score from Mitchell on Louisville’s final first half drive, the Cards went into the half trailing by just a field goal instead of multiple scores.

Each team scored on their opening second half drive, a field goal for Louisville and another rushing score for Bailey, then momentum had a chance to swing the Cardinals’ way. On Boston College’s second drive of the half, starting Jurkovic was forced to exit the game due to injury, with backup Dennis Grosel coming in relief.

Instead of Louisville’s defense capitalizing on the change at signal caller, Grosel proceeded to throw touchdowns on back-to-back drives. Fortunately, Louisville also did the same courtesy of a goal line score from Tutu Atwell and a 69-yard catch and run from Fitzpatrick.

After the defense rallied to give the offense one last shot, old issues came back to haunt. A Cunningham throw was batted

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Ohio University point guard’s backstory goes viral as he drops 31 points vs. Illinois

Jason Preston isn’t your run-of-the-mill basketball player.

The Ohio Bobcats point guard worked his tail off to get a chance to play Division I basketball, and his backstory went viral Friday as his team took on No. 8 Illinois.

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ESPN broadcasters shed light on his story during the game. Preston’s mother died about five years ago and while his father was not in the picture, he went to live with his mom’s best friend’s son in Orlando, Fla., as his legal guardian lived in Jamaica.

He didn’t have plans to play college basketball, but one of his friends convinced him to play in an AAU tournament and a coach convinced him to go to prep school before attending college. At Believe Sports Academy, he started out on the C-level basketball team and made it to the A-level team before being demoted again.

After finding success at the C-level, he made his own highlight reel and later received a scholarship offer from Ohio University.

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He joined the Bobcats for the 2018-19 season and was on the All-Mid-American Conference Freshman Team. In his sophomore season, he was named to the All-MAC Second Team.

He’s started 57 of the 65 games he’s played in for the Bobcats. He’s averaging 12 points and 5.6 assists per game for his collegiate career.

Preston responded to the praise he was getting on social media.

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He also dropped 31 points in a 75-73 loss to Illinois on Friday night. But his story should be another reminder for anyone who has college basketball aspirations that you should never give up.

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F-35A drops Inert B61-12 nuclear bomb while supersonic for first time

  • During a test in August, an F-35A dropped an inert B61-12 nuclear bomb from its internal bomb bay during a supersonic flight for the first time.
  • The test with the B61-12 is also the first F-35A Dual Capable Aircraft test to be shown in an unclassified video.
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Just a few months after the first photos of the F-35 testing the B61-12 nuclear bomb in 2019 for the F-35A Dual Capable Aircraft (DCA) program were released, the Sandia National Laboratories announced that the F-35 dropped for the first time an inert B61-12 nuclear bomb from its internal bomb bay during supersonic flight.

According to the press release, the test took place on August 25, 2020, at about 10,500 feet above the Tonopah Test Range, with the inert bomb hitting the target area after a 42-second flight.

The test was the first performed by Sandia, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the US Air Force over the Tonopah Test Range with the F-35A and the first of a testing series that will conclude with full-weapon systems demonstrations designed to increase confidence the bomb will always work when needed and never under any other circumstances.

Sandia oversees the design and engineering for the non-nuclear components of the United States’ nuclear stockpile, including the new B61-12, and of the integration of the complete weapon on the aircraft.

“We successfully executed this historic, first-ever F-35A flight test at Tonopah Test Range within the specified delivery criteria,” said Brian Adkins, range manager at TTR. “The success of this test, as with all other weapons evaluations, is only possible through the detailed planning, combined with full collaboration between TTR and the program engineers, and the execution of the test evolution by the field operators and recovery specialists in the combined team of Sandia and TTR’s operations and maintenance subcontractor, Navarro Research and Engineering. With the multiple phases and operational activities a test involves, the team at TTR is diligent to integrate safety and security into all segments to ensure proper precautions are implemented for mission success.”

B61-12 nuclear bomb F-35A

An F-35A Lightning II opens its bomb bay doors and drops a mock B61-12 at Sandia National Laboratories’ Tonopah Test Range, August 2020.

Sandia National Laboratories


Earlier this year, the team completed a B61-12 full-weapon system demonstration with the F-15E Strike Eagle and the B-2A Spirit, completing the integration of the bomb aboard the two aircraft.

Differently than the Strike Eagle, the F-35 transports its B61-12 internally, and according to Sandia’s previous press releases, it seems that the F-15E did not attempt a supersonic drop of the bomb, simply stating that the aircraft was flying “near Mach 1” in at least two tests at 1,000 feet and 25,000 feet.

Steven Samuels, a manager with Sandia’s B61-12 Systems Team, confirmed that the F-35 test was the first demonstration of a fully instrumented B61-12 release from an internal bomb bay on a fighter and the first such release at speeds of

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