A Rebounding Effort

EUGENE - Oregon had not had a rebounder in double figures all season. But Saturday they had two, leading to a dominate rebounding edge and a 91-76 victory over North Dakota.

EUGENE - Oregon had not had a rebounder in double figures all season. But Saturday they had two, leading to a dominate rebounding edge and a 91-76 victory over North Dakota.

The Ducks had their first pair of double-doubles in a game since the 2008 season, when Joevan Catron and Michael Dunigan did so against Alabama in Maui. This time it was Mike Moser and Elgin Cook, with Moser finishing with 13 points and 15 rebounds and Cook 10 and 10.

"I definitely tried to focus more on the boards today, obviously [Richard Amardi] and Elgin did too. They did a great job on the boards," said Moser.

Amardi added eight rebounds and the Ducks finished with a 44-to-28 edge over the Sioux.

All three of the Ducks leading rebounders are first-year transfers, and according to Moser, the rebounding roles played a part in their decisions to join UO.

"That's the main reason why us three especially are here," he said following the game. "We kind of saw a need here, with great rebounders leaving from last year, and that's the void we're trying to fill. It's about time we kind of step up and do that."

It was Moser's 19th career double-double, but first at Oregon.

Amardi was particular brilliant, scoring a career-high 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting to go along with the rebounding effort.

"I was really happy for Rich. I thought he did a lot of good things today in his [19] minutes," Altman said. "He made lots of nice plays offensively and defensively today."

A day after trailing Pacific by seven at the half, Oregon got off to quick start Saturday. The Ducks led 49-to-32 at the half, but played sloppy basketball in the second half, allowing UND within 11 points late in the half.

"That's our main focus, to start the game off with high-intensity and start communicating on defense from the beginning," said Joseph Young, who led the team with 23 points. "That's what we did, we just need to carry it over to the second half, finish the ball game and have a 40 minute game."

The Ducks were especially reckless with the ball, turning it over 12 times in the second half, for a season-high 20 on the night.

"The turnovers took away from the performance, and really bad turnovers, just trying stuff," Altman said. "A lot of positives, but 20 turnovers, is really disappointing." Moser had six of them, a number when UND turned to its full-court press in the second half.

Sophomore guard Damyean Dotson landed awkwardly in the final minutes of the first half. Dotson lay on the court for a few minutes before walking off with help from trainers. His status for Sunday's game with Cal Poly is undecided according to Altman.

"I don't know. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. He just turned his ankle a little bit, I think he'll be OK, but I didn't want to take any chances," he said.

The Ducks and Mustangs tip off the final game of the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge at 7 p.m. Sunday.


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