Oregon Wins Big Over Vandy, 74-48

Oregon put together its most complete game of the young-season en route to a 74-48 win over Vanderbilt.

EUGENE, Ore.,-The Ducks followed a late first half flurry to push out to a 41-20-halftime lead and never looked back. That run was capitalized by a deep three-point shot from guard Jonathan Loyd that just eclipsed the halftime buzzer.

Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi made his presence known in his Oregon-debut, finishing with five points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

His first basket as a Duck occurred when he two-hand slapped a loose ball over his head to the top of the key and then rolled to the basket to catch and finish a lob from Jonathan Loyd.

He also showed quick hands on defense with two steals.

"He really helped us on the boards," senior E.J. Singler said of his new teammate. "You could tell he really helped us. He just really understands the game of basketball.

"I can't wait for him to have a couple of games under his belt and get used to everyone. He's going to really help us this year."

Head coach Dana Altman labeled him as a"physical presence", but said due to a groin injury that's hampered him since October he has been unable to practice regularly. Alman says he'll need to play him and Singler into shape over the next week as the Ducks play three games in six days as part of the Global Sports Classic.

"I think when he [E.J.] and Arsalan get in great shape, they'll be a 1-2 punch that'll be pretty good for us," he said.

Singler led the Ducks with 22 points, five rebounds and six assists. The performance was especially promising following a six-point game versus Portland State Monday.

The senior forward was joined by Tony Woods and freshman Damyean Dotson in double figures, who scored 10 each.

Vanderbilt, expected to be a good three-point shooting team this season, depended on the deep ball early and often, shooting threes on three of their first five possessions. They, however, found themselves in a shooting slump, at one point missing eight consecutive attempts. They finished just 4-21 from range.

"We knew they were going to shoot threes coming in," Singler said. "So, that was a big emphasis on us this week: containing the three and not having them get open three looks."

Woods opened the game hot for Oregon, scoring the team's first seven points and Oregon continued to chip away down low, scoring their first five baskets in the paint.

"Tony got us off to a good start. I thought we had good production inside," Altman said.

Despite the one-sided result, Altman was still disappointed with the second half, in which the Ducks were complacent defensively and failed to play through the offense as much as he would've liked.

In the first half Oregon had assists on 12 of their 16 baskets as opposed to just four assists on nine second half scores.

Singler agreed with his coach's assessment of second half effort, saying they need to be more consistent. He was, however, still pleased with the final result.

"We knew how big of a game this was as a collective unit, a test to measure where we're at. I thought we came out and really showed a good team effort."

The lone player on the roster with four years of experience at Oregon, Singler believes that this team is the best team he's played on up to this point in the season.

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