Ducks Top Texas Southern 75-52

EUGENE, Ore. -- A late first-half surge propelled the University of Oregon men's basketball team to a dominant, 75-52, victory over Texas Southern at McArthur Court on Tuesday night.

Oregon ends its season-opening five-game home stand at 4-1.

The Ducks forced the Tigers into a timeout just over one minute into the contest by rattling off the first four points as Joevan Catron got inside for a pair of layups. Texas Southern came out of the timeout with a 10-2 run of its own to grab its first lead at 10-6.

The majority of the first half went back and forth with neither team leading by more than five points in the opening stanza for the first 19 minutes. TSU held a 23-21 lead with 6:12 to play in the frame and the UO caught fire rom there, closing the half on a 12-2 run, a spurt that was capped by Garrett Sim's buzzer beater from beyond half court, to take a 33-25 lead into the locker room. The eight-point bulge is the Ducks' largest halftime lead of the young season.

Oregon continued its surge with eight-consecutive points to start the second half, opening up a 16-point lead at 41-25 with 17 minutes to play.

UO's onslaught continued deep into the half as the Ducks opened up a 30-point lead at 62-32 with 7:30 remaining. The score capped Oregon's extended run at 41-9 over a span of 18:42, helping the Ducks seize control of the game.

Tyrone Nared led the Ducks with 13 points off the bench and E.J. Singler joined him in double figures with 10 points of his own. Nared also pulled down a game-high six rebounds. Sim dished out four assists and did not turn the ball over and Malcolm Armstead finished with three steals.

The Ducks shot a season-high 52.7 percent from the floor, including a blistering 60 percent (15-for-25) in the second half. UO held TSU to 39.5 percent and out-rebounded the Tigers, 34-25. The Duck' defense forced 21 turnovers while their offense only had 13 miscues.

UO heads to Portland on Saturday for a showdown against No. 1 Duke. That game tips off at 1 p.m.


- Oregon posted an 18-2 run over an eight-minute span that included the end of the first half and beginning of the second half (score was tied at 23-23 with 4:31 remaining in first before jumping out to a 41-25 advantage with 16:00 left in the second). The run extended to a 41-9 spurt, putting the Ducks up 30 at 62-32.

- Joevan Catron scored Oregon's first four points of the game (and six of UO's first eight). It was the third time in five games this season that Catron recorded UO's first made basket (North Dakota State, San Jose State, Texas Southern).

- Catron was limited to just eight points (3-of-4 on FGs) marking the first time this season he's been held below double-digits in scoring.

- Malcolm Armstead matched a season-high with three steals, a number he reached by halftime.

- Tyrone Nared registered new Oregon-bests in points (13) and rebounds (6). He also made a season-high six field goals (6-of-8).

- E.J. Singler scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game, tallying 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

- The Ducks shot a season-best field goal percentage 52.7 percent (29-of-55). UO also made 14-of-30 first-half field goal attempts en route to shooting a season-high 46.7 percent in that half.

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