(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1) drops a ball as UC Irvine Anteaters center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (12) and forward Brandon Smith (13) defend at Matthew Knight Arena. (Photo Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)
Cook was 10-of-16 in field goal shooting including three-of-five in 3-pointers and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
“Elgin was really good,” said Dana Altman after the game. “His father (former NBA great Alvin Robertson) flew in and obviously, he listens to his dad a lot better than he listens to me. He played a heck of a game.”
Oregon led virtually from the start using a harassing full court press that resulted in 12 steals and causing UCI turning the ball over 22 times. Dwayne Benjamin was notably successful swiping the ball four times. Jordan Bell, seeing the most minutes (25) since he has returned to the lineup had three steals along with 12 points, a blocked shot and two rebounds.
“Having to sit out six and a half months watching everybody practice and do everything was tough,” admitted Bell of his injury. “Being out really helped me out though basketball wise. I learned a lot watching.”
Dillon Brooks was consistent with 16 points, eight rebounds, one block and two steals.
“That was a big emphasis coming into this game. In practice we have been moving the ball around,” said Brooks of the game. “Casey (Benson) had nine assists, no turnovers. Elgin had three assists, no turnovers. We are really just trying to make plays for our teammates, and get our assist to turnover ratio up. That will help us win games.”
Tyler Dorsey came in off the bench and played a total of 22 minutes and finished with 12 points.
Chris Boucher, assigned the duties of guarding 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye, scored 11 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Ndiaye was used in spurts tonight and finished the night with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
The Ducks led at halftime, 44-36
For the game Oregon shot 42.9 percent on 27-of-63 shooting including 6-for-18 in 3-point shots and was 18-of-23 from the charity stripe. The Ducks outrebounded UCI 34-31 and 10 fewer turnovers (22-12).
Besides Ndiaye, also had 15 points from Luke Nelson but no other Anteater scored in double figures.
For the night, UCI shot 46.2 percent on 24-of-52 shooting including 4-of-15 in 3-point shots, and were 11-of-17 in free throws. With the loss, UCI is now 7-4 for the year.
Up next for Oregon is Long Beach State on Friday. Dec. 18 at MKA with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.