Singler Returns, Ducks Win 82-65

Senior forward E.J. Singler exhibited little rust in Monday's 82-65 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State. After having been sidelined for the first exhibition game due to knee tendonitis, he was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in limited minutes.

EUGENE, Ore.,- Head coach Dana Altman set a 20-minute restraint on his star, a precautionary move that allowed him to gain some confidence and get back to the groove of full-speed action.

"He knows where the opportunities in the offense are," Altman said of Singler's offensive exhibit, where he scored 12 points including two from deep. "He's got a pretty good knack for that. He showed his experience…. where his shots were coming from."

Singler said he was pleased with the way his knee had responded, suffering little pain, but disappointed with his defensive play.

"Defensively I didn't do that well," he said. "That's kind of due to the explosiveness and the timing of it." Oregon was shaky at times holding just a 33-27 lead at the break, after having trailed for a few minutes midway through the half. The Ducks turned the ball over 19 times, which left Altman far from pleased and allowed the Bulldogs to hit 10 three-point shots.

"This team is going to drive me nuts for a while," Altman said. "We're making a lot of fundamental mistakes that we need to clean up to beat good teams, to even stay in games with good teams."

For the second game in a row, Dominic Artis led the Ducks in scoring, this time with 15. The freshman was 3-5 from three point range, bringing him to 6-9 in exhibition play.

"He's got a knack for scoring, for making plays," Altman said. "I think he's got a really good feel for the game. For a freshman to make a transition takes a little time, but I think he's making it pretty fast."

Four other Ducks finished in double figures, Singler, Tony Woods, Damyean Dotson with 12 and Carlos Emory with 10. Woods was the beneficiary of several nice entry passes from teammates and missed just two shots on seven attempts. He also showed improved footwork and soft hands.

"It's a new day," Woods said. "My offense has come a long way. Feeling good about this year helping E.J. and Carlos offensively as well."

His backup, transfer Waverly Austin, struggled to finish around the rim, but did grab 11 boards and block five shots. Altman said he's exhibited good offensive skills in practice.

After forcing just eight turnovers in the first half, Altman dialed up the pressure, extending to a full-court trapping press which resulted in 11 second half steals and plenty of transition points.

"I thought guys bounced around a little bit. I thought we took a step from last week to this week. I think this could be a good defensive team," Altman said.

Altman attributes that potential to depth and overall team quickness as well as Woods and Austin's shot blocking prowess.

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