The Ducks used a 60-point second half to run away from the San Francisco Dons 100-82 Sunday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon had six players in double figures, but were led by 18 from Elgin Cook and 17 from Damyean Dotson.
For Dotson, it was his first game in double figures of the season, after struggling in the opening three games to find his shot. "The first couple of games I felt like I was forcing it, try to pressure myself to score and stuff. I wasn't worrying about anything else, just scoring," he said following the game. "This game I was just letting it go and not thinking about it."
Dotson entered the game shooting just 7-for-26, but made 7-of-12 shots Sunday, including his first two three-point attempts of the season. He had missed his first nine deep attempts entering the game.
Cook, a Junior college transfer, surpassed ten points for the second time in his Oregon career, netting big baskets in key spots all night.
"I thought he was the difference-maker there," coach Dana Atlman said of Cook.
The Ducks were hot from deep, making 11-of-19 attempts, opening up driving lanes for Cook, who excelled at the rim and at the line, where he was 8-for-11.
"He's definitely our x-factor," said forward Mike Moser. "The way he can defend 1-through-5, and rebound and even bring it sometimes. He's just so versatile. He brings a whole other dimension to our team." Moser and Cook led the team with eight and six rebonds respectively. Cook also had three assists and three steals.
The 2013 Ducks have already exhibited a stronger offensive punch than last year's Sweet Sixteen team. Oregon has reached triple digits twice this season, something they didn't do once in 2012. Oregon scored more than 90 points or more just twice that season.
"We had a lot of open different options," said Moser, who had 13 points.
"I thought our ball movement offensively wasn't too bad. I thought we popped it around pretty good, made some shots for each other," said Altman.
Guards Jason Calliste (16 points), Joseph Young (12), and Johnahtn Loyd (11) all reached double-figures as well.
And yet the Ducks still feel they are "just reaching the surface", according to Altman. Oregon was out-rebounded in the first half and killed on the offense glass by the Dons, 16-to-8.
USF shot just 36.8-percent from the field, but in stretches torched the Ducks.
"We're playing well in spots," Moser said. "We're trying to play where it's a full half or a full 40 minutes. Sooner or later we're get to a full 40 minutes. Right now we're just playing well in sports, both defensively and offensively."