Jason Calliste Helps Oregon Survive BYU in Overtime
There are nights when a player gets hot and he’s impossible to stop. It could be a starter, a star, a bench player, a role player or even a reserve player in garbage time. Tonight for the Oregon Ducks, it was bench catalyst Jason Calliste.
Calliste might have been outshined by BYU Cougars star Tyler Haws, but he showed his own worth giving the Ducks 31 points off the bench. Getting 13 of his 31 points from the foul line, Calliste was perfect from the charity stripe. He attacked the BYU zone defense and drew fouls like it was nobody’s business.
The senior from Ontario, Canada gave his team momentum when it was needed against a good BYU Cougar team. However, he was not alone in having a big night. Starter Joseph Young had a great evening as well, going for 25 points. Young did not get to the line in the fashion that Calliste did as his game is more perimeter-oriented.
After making four 3-point jumpers, Young knew he had to take over when the game got close. He started the run that Oregon eventually needed to tie it up to send it to overtime.
In the 100-96 overtime win over BYU, the Ducks needed their best player and a bench player that averages 10 points per game to step up. Young and Calliste combined for more than half of their offense on the night — without those two, the Ducks would have probably lost. The defense-optional game that Oregon brought forth was not promising, but its highly-touted offense reigned superior.
John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII