Ducks Surge to 7-0

EUGENE - Oregon extended its undefeated start to seven games in their third game in three days Sunday. The Ducks minimized turnovers, controlled the glass and held the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs below their season scoring average in an 82-61 romp at Matthew Knight Arena.

EUGENE - Oregon extended its undefeated start to seven games in their third game in three days Sunday. The Ducks minimized turnovers, controlled the glass and held the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs below their season scoring average in an 82-61 romp at Matthew Knight Arena.

The 21-point win was perhaps the most complete of the season, five different players scored in double figures, none more than 14 points. It was the third time this season five players have scored more than 10 points in a game.

"All and all I think we played one of the best games this year, on defense for sure. We were locked in and focused on it," said guard Johnathan Loyd, who finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Cal Poly shot below 35-percent from the field and no player scored more than 11 points.

"One thing we really wanted to do was focus on defending and rebounding," said assistant coach Tony Stubblefield, who replaced Dana Altman in post-game due to a sore back. "Because we didn't feel we'd done a good job of that this weekend. I thought our guys came out and put a much better effort into defending and rebounding."

But perhaps the biggest improvement from Saturday's 91-76 win was the cut down on turnovers. The Ducks threw it away 20 times against North Dakota, but had a season-best four in the final game of the Global Sports Hardwood Classic.

"We just made simple plays and didn't' try to force anything. We were just running our plays, not trying to do anything crazy," said Damyean Dotson.

Dotson also finished with 13 points.

"Everybody is just dropping the ball off at the right times, not being selfish with it," Dotson continued.

Elgin Cook and Richard Amardi were again effective on both ends. The pair of front-court transfers led the Ducks with 14 points a piece. Amardi added a team-best six boards.

The GSHC brings the end to a six-game home stretch, as the Ducks are set to play two games away from the friendly confines of MKA.

First they'll travel to Oxford, Miss. for their first true road test against the undefeated Rebels. Then they'll return back to the state of Oregon for a tilt with Illinois in the Moda Center.

According to Dotson, the road tests will really test the team's mettle.

"We'll see what kind of team we got," he said. "We're still trying to figure out who we are as a team and how we're going to play the from here on."

Dotson expects the team's identity to be focused around defense and rebounding, two aspects they struggled with entering the Challenge, but saw improvement throughout the three games.

Over the weekend, the Ducks out rebounded their opponents 106-to-90, forced 37 turnovers and held their opponents to just 39-percent shooting.


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