Ducks "Sloppy" In 80-59 Win

Oregon used superb starts to both halves to outman undermanned Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-59, picking up their seventh win of the season.

EUGENE, Ore.,- Oregon used superb starts to both halves to outman undermanned Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-59, picking up their seventh win of the season.

The Ducks started the game on an 18-2 run, but may have gotten too comfortable late in the first half allowing a 17 point lead to be cut to seven heading into the break. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6) switched to a zone defense, which Oregon struggled to break and finished the half on an 11-1 run.

"We got the big lead right out the gate, then we got sloppy," Altman said. "A lot of jump passes that turned into turnovers.

"Guys got pretty happy with themselves and from there, they were just trying things. You've got to have a little mental toughness to play this game and we made a lot of mistakes," he said.

But, Oregon (6-1) responded in the second half, starting out much like they started game, outscoring the Golden Lions 20-4 in the first six minutes. This time, their opponent was unable to respond.

"I thought the defensive intensity was better. We just got some things straightened out there," Altman said.

The Ducks entered the game with six players averaging eight points or more and that held true, as the same six players once again surpassed that mark. Carlos Emory led all scorers with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

"When he attacks the basket with his athleticism, he gives us a big lift. When he does that, he's a handful," Altman said of Emory.

Dominic Artis, Arsalan Kazemi, Damyean Dotson, E.J. Singler and Tony Woods joined him in meeting their averages.

The Golden Lions didn't have the luxury of depth, suiting up just eight players with only a single player over 6-foot-8. Oregon took advantage, especially on the glass, where they had nearly a 2-to-1 rebounding advantage.

Kazemi keyed the lopsided advantage, grabbing ten rebounds in the first half, finishing with 13 for the game. The senior also exceeded his season-average in steals, picking off the Golden Lions five times.

After netting a season-best 63.3 percent from the field in Thursday's win over Texas-San Antonio, the Ducks opened the contest much colder Saturday, shooting just 45.5 percent in the first half, before scorching the nets for 56.0 percent in the second.

One point of concern entering the season was the team's ability to shoot the ball from three-point range. Thus far, they've shot just 31.4 percent, Satuday being no different, as they shot just 4-20 from deep.

"It's shot selection. I don't like a lot of the threes we're taking. A lot of them are quick, not out of the offense," Altman said.

Altman didn't feel the team made the necessary improvements Saturday, saying that the team's ineptitude for controlling the ball was "what jumped out" the most for him.

"I don't care if you're young, inexperienced…it's not acceptable," Altman said. "That's my job, to get them fundamentally sound or find somebody that will make some simple plays

Senior center Woods fouled out for the third time in four contests.

Freshman guard Willie Moore missed his second straight game after spraining his ankle in practice earlier in the week.


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