Woods Plays Big, Sets Career Bests

Oregon was simply too tall, too skilled for Jacksonville State, routing the Gamecocks 67-45 Monday night.

EUGENE, Ore.,-For the second consecutive game, the Ducks (4-0) looked to center Tony Woods early, where he scored the first two baskets. Woods continued to play aggressively and finished the game with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting. The senior was just as active on the defensive side where he blocked a career-high tying five shots.

"I'm feeling more comfortable game by game," he said of his offensive play.

Woods was dominant in part due to the diminutive Gamecocks, who played just one player over 6-foot-7 and were physically outmatched in the paint.

"They lacked size inside tonight and we were able to take advantage of that. I was able to have a big game offensively as well as help my team defensively," Woods said.

Woods was joined in double figures by E.J. Singler, who scored 11 points in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second and Dominic Artis who had 10.

Back-up center Waverly Austin missed the game with a left wrist injury, giving newly eligible transfer Arsalan Kazemi more action than he had seen in Friday's win over Vanderbilt.

"Arsalan has been a big help for us, so I knew he'd be there to help out," Woods said.

Kazemi finished with just two points, but had a team-high eight rebounds and five steals.

Oregon was sloppy with the basketball, turning it over 18 times. Many of them weren't out of aggression, but out of recklessness, Altman said.

"A lot of them were, come down one-side of the floor and throw it out-of-bounds," he said. "A lot of them were careless turnovers, I thought."

Defensively, the Ducks were effective, holding their opponent to less than 50 points for the second consecutive game. They also pressed more, Singler said, leading to 23 Gamecock turnovers and were held under 40-percent from the field.

Forward Carlos Emory slipped on a wet spot on the floor and went down hard. He lay on the floor for a few moments and had to be helped off the team's training staff. Altman identified it as a groin injury.

"I'm sure it'll be a game-time decision Friday. We'll have to see how it responds," Altman said.

Oregon now heads south to Las Vegas to play a pair of games as part of the Global Sports Classic. The weekend games will prove a big test, as it will provide a bump in competition. They could face two ranked teams, the 18th ranked UNLV Rebels on Friday and the 22nd ranked Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday if they defeat Iowa State the day before.

Altman believes Austin will be ready in time for the weekend. "I think Waverly will be OK. He said it's getting better."

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