Ducks Fly Past Concordia 102-75

Oregon handled NAIA Concordia with relative ease en route to a 102-75 victory in the Ducks first exhibition game of the season.

EUGENE, Ore.,- E.J. Singler was missing from action, recovering from knee tendinitis, but their star player's absence gave the Ducks an opportunity to get eight newcomers their first collegiate action.

For the most part, they made the most of it. Freshman guard Dominic Artis, a four-star point guard recruit, flourished as an up-tempo distributor, but more importantly as a perimeter scoring threat, leading the team 17 points and four assists.

"He's a great player. I feel like he's really advanced for his age. He can really shoot it," said backcourt mate Jonathan Loyd who started opposite of Artis and scored 12 points as well.

Loyd, a career .327 shooter, was 5-7 from the field, including 2-3 from three. Shooting has been his biggest focus this offseason, the diminutive guard said after the game.

"That's the main focus I've had was to get my shot better, so I can get my percentages up both from the three point and just field goals in general."

Fellow guard Willie Moore, an Ohio-native, chipped in with 15 points, mostly off of the six steals he created.

"Willie can make a big difference there," head coach Dana Altman said of Moore's ability to create turnovers. "He anticipates really well. Text book denial of the wings, get a hand on it."

Despite Moore's performance, Altman and Loyd were far from pleased with the overall defensive effort.

"We missed a lot of rotations. The energy defensively was not good," he said. "Hopefully they'll make some progress and get ready for those moments."

"I think we need to get in better shape for one, and play with better heart," the junior point guard said. "Everybody wants to get to the offensive end, we need to get play better D."

Altman alluded to the team's poor conditioning, noting that center Tony Woods cramped up in the second half of the game. Defensively, he remained effective, blocking five shots, while junior college transfer Waverly Austin had three. Woods finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while his likely understudy Austin had14 and nine.

Woods and Austin started the game together in the post, giving Oregon two 6-11 and up players on the floor at the same time. "They sure do give us a couple of big guys out there, different looks that's for sure," Altman said.

Freshmen Daymean Dotson and Ben Carter finished with 11 and 10 respectively, giving the Ducks seven double-digit scorers. Dotson's 10 rebounds were a team-high, a stat that didn't surprise Altman.

"He's been aggressive in practice. I like his effort. I like his athleticism," he said.

Senior Carlos Emory, who many expect to be a key part of this year's team finished with just four points on 1-7 shooting. Redshirt Austin Kuemper chipped in with four and freshman guard Fred Richardson III with 3.

Singler's return and the decision on the eligibility of transfer Arsalan Kazemi still remain undetermined, but Altman is optimistic about Singler playing soon.

"I think he should be ready to go. We've really been taking it slow. Hopefully he'll be able to start practicing more." His leadership was sorely missed, Loyd said.

"E.J. has so much experience. He's not afraid to tell people what to do and he demands stuff out of people. Missing him on the court was different."

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