EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- No. 9 Oregon needed Luke Ridnour to bail it out of a tough situation.
Ridnour scored nine of Oregon's final 11 points as it held on for an 86-77 victory over Cal State Northridge in the final of the John Thompson Foundation Basketball Challenge.
The Ducks survived a scare from the Matadors, who trailed 36-31 at halftime and led in the second half.
"They played the heck out of the game," Ridnour said. "As poorly as we played, but we still got the win says a lot for our team."
"We made a lot of mistakes," Ducks forward Robert Johnson said. "So now we're going have to go back to the drawing board. They felt like a good opponent. We're ranked ninth, so everyone wants a shot at us. They got their shot. They were a good opponent."
Trailing by five at intermission, the Matadors came out firing as they made seven of their first eight shots to take a 47-45 lead with 14:45 remaining.
But Ducks center Brian Helquist sank a pair of foul shots and scored on a follow shot before Luke Jackson hit a jumper to make it 51-47 with just over 14 minutes to go.
After Jackson made a pair of free throws, Justice Graham scored six of Cal State Northridge's next seven points to cut the deficit to 61-54 with 11 1/2 minutes to play.
But every time it appeared Oregon would pull away, Cal State Northridge had an answer. After Ridnour made a 3-pointer with 10:45 remaining to put the Ducks up 66-54, the Matadors countered with a 10-0 burst to get within 66-64 following a dunk by Armand Thomas with 7:13 to go.
Johnson made a jumper that gave Oregon the lead for good for a 75-73 lead and Ridnour added a three-point play with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Matadors got within 78-76 just 16 seconds later when Graham nailed a 3-pointer. Ridnour nailed a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left and added three foul shots in the final minute to seal the Ducks' 18th straight home victory.
"I'm very happy for this type of game," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "There certainly was a lot of adversity. They forced us to gut check and pull out the win."
The Ducks shot just 41 percent (13-of-32) over the final 20 minutes, while the Matadors clicked at 53 percent (18-of-34).
Jackson scored 23 points and Ridnour finished with 19 points for Oregon, which posted a blowout victory over Grambling State on Sunday.
Boylan had 13 points for the Matadors, who placed six players in double figures and shot 48 percent (31-of-64).
"The only thing I asked them was to give themselves a chance to win and we did that tonight," Matadors coach Bobby Braswell said. "This is a tough environment to play basketball, but that's the reason the to bring the guys here. I wanted them to experience that."