Ducks 12-0, Left Dissatisfied

EUGENE - Oregon completed its first undefeated non-conference campaign since the 2006-07 season in Sunday's 97-76 romp over Morgan State, and yet the mood in the post-game was anything but jovial.

EUGENE - Oregon completed its first undefeated non-conference campaign since the 2006-07 season in Sunday's 97-76 romp over Morgan State, and yet the mood in the post-game was anything but jovial.

"I don't think we did too good," said guard Joseph Young, whose 24 points paced the Oregon attack. "We didn't take a step like we were supposed to."

The Duck nearly reached the century mark for what would've been a school-record fifth time, but the problems don't dwell on that side of the floor for the country's most prolific scoring team.

"Definitely our defense," guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit responded when asked where the steps were missed.

It wasn't as if Oregon's defensive numbers were atrocious. Morgan State (3-9) shot 44-percent from the field, turned it over 14 times and never got into much of a rhythm.

But coach Dana Altman would offer the following rebuttal.

"We wanted to do a better job. We put them on the free throw line 35 times. We took a lot of chances and put ourselves out of position. A lot of reaches, that just simply got us out of position and allowed them to go to the basket. We're not sliding our feet good."

The litany of faults haven't stopped the Ducks from running through non-conference play and surging towards a top-10 national ranking, but what's ahead will provide a far greater challenge.

"The team's that are coming up to play are going to see that," Altman said of the impending Pac-12 season.

That's what Altman hopes to shore up in the next days of practice before the team heads off to Salt Lake City for Thursday's conference opener versus the Utah Utes.

"We're not holding each other accountable for it. We need to get on each other. We're too nice to each other. That's one thing we've got to do, we've got to make each other better," Young said.

"I think the intensity in practice tomorrow everybody is going to make each other better, guard each other better."

Of nearly as great of importance, will be determining who plays. Altman played 11 players at least nine minutes-- no one played more than Young's 24-- and for the first time all season Altman used a different starting line-up, inserting Richard Amardi at center for Waverly Austin.

"We'll just play it game by game, practice by practice and the guys that earn the minutes will play, and whoever gives us the best chance to win." Altman said.

Altman wouldn't comment on whether Amardi would hold onto the starting gig, but lauded his efforts.

The 6-foot-8 senior had 16 points and five rebounds in his starting debut.

While Amardi gets used to the role change, point guard Dominic Artis is still trying get comfortable with having a role at all.

Artis struggled during 10 first half minutes, turning it over twice and missing two shots badly, but his second half was much better and he finished with seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

"He's struggling. He's pounding it too much. It's going to be a process, it's only his third game. He's trying to blend into a group of guys who've been playing a lot," Altman said.

Damyean Dotson and Jason Calliste had 15 and 10 points respectively. Calliste's 10 points came on just one field goal attempt.


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