EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- No. 5 Oregon seems to have gotten over its crushing loss to Cincinnati.
Ian Crosswhite led a balanced attack with 18 points as the Ducks defeated Minnesota, 90-81, to extend their home winning streak to 22 games.
Oregon was manhandled by Cincinnati, 77-52, at the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday in New Jersey but bounced back Friday with a 41-point rout of Florida A&M.
"We were a tired basketball team," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "This team needed to let its character rise up and show through the adversity."
Luke Ridnour added 15 points and Andre Joseph 14 for Oregon (8-1), which had five players in double figures and moved within one game of matching the longest home winning streak in school history, set from February 13, 1937-January 6, 1939.
"This team is not about one or two players, it's an entire team effort," Ridnour said. "That's what makes this team so special."
"The star of this team is this team's chemistry and character," Kent said. "This is a battle-tested basketball team."
The Ducks have not lost at McArthur Court since falling to Southern California on February 24, 2001.
Oregon trailed, 19-13, before running off 14 straight points. Crosswhite's hook with 7:27 to play in the first half gave the Ducks the lead for good, 21-19.
The Ducks led at halftime, 38-31, and extended the advantage to 14 points early in the second half. The Gophers (6-2) got within 75-72 on a layup by Jerry Holman with just over three minutes to play but got no closer.
"I told our guys that going on the road we have to control both ends of the court for 40 minutes," Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. "Today we had a tough stretch in the first half scoring and we let them dictate us. In the second half, we let them get into a rhythm and they were scoring."
Steve Esselink made 6-of-8 3-pointers to score 18 points and Holman connected on all eight field-goal attempts for 17 points for the Gophers, who fell to 7-2 all-time against the Ducks. They had been 2-0 at McArthur Court.
Paced by Crosswhite, who made 7-of-10 field-goal attempts, Oregon shot 48 percent (29-of-60) and limited Minnesota to 42 percent (27-of-65). The Ducks made only 22-of-35 free throws, but the Gophers had just 19 attempts from the line, making 16.
"I'm tremendously proud of our guys," Monson said. "We obviously have to play better to win on the road, but felt like we wanted to hang in the game and give ourselves a chance to win at the end and we did that."
The game was Oregon's first home sellout of the season and first non-conference sellout since facing Notre Dame in 1984.
"The key to this game was the team effort," Crosswhite said. "We stuck together, even when it was getting tough."