Rich Kolbell

Oregon improves to 10-2 for the season.

PORTLAND, ORE. – There maybe snow on the ground but the Oregon Ducks (10-2) had the hotter hand and beat the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 83-63 at the Moda Center tonight. Oregon was without star Chris Boucher, but still managed to outrebound UNLV, 39-23 and had a double-double production night out of Jordan Bell, with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Bell's performance tonight was very solid and offensively one of the best in Bell’s career at Oregon. The big man not only controlled the boards, especially with five rebounds, but he also recorded three blocked shots. Shooting either with his left or right hand, the talented center was an added strength in light of Boucher’s injury early this week in practice.

“I’m actually left-handed,” said Bell of shooting both with left and right hand. “I just don’t go to it and I don’t know why.”

The rebounding advantage of course is a coach’s dream and tonight was no exception.

“The rebounding difference is something you always like to see as a coach,” said Dana Altman of his team’s work on the boards. “Beating somebody by 16 rebounds on the boards and going without one of our best rebounders is encouraging.”

Oregon appears to be rounding into shape as Dillon Brooks looked the strongest he’s been all season, and Altman may have had his way by “slowing” Brooks down and not over playing on the floor. Brooks was the leading scorer with 20 while Tyler Dorsey added 18.

“He was just rushing it,” commented on Altman on Brooks’ improvement. “We’ve got to get him slowed down and he’s trying to make up for lost time. We’ve all seen what Dillon can do.”

Oregon shot 53.3 percent for the game on 32-of-60 shooting from the field including 5-of-17 in 3-point shooting. Oregon was also deadly from the free throw line hitting 14-of-17 free throws.

 Jovan Mooring led UNLV scoring with 20 while Tyrell Green added 18 and Kris Clyburn contributed 10.

UNLV shot 32.7 percent from the field on 18-of-55 shooting but had 8-of-21 made 3-pointers and were 19-of-24 from the charity stripe.

While Altman wants his team to perform smoother on the offensive end, tonight the Ducks handed out more assists (17-7) than UNLV and had a shot blocking advantage, 8-2.

With the win the Ducks now improve to 10-2 and have one more game before the conference season starts against UCLA on Dec. 28. Next week on Tuesday (Dec. 23) Oregon faces Fresno State at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene with a tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.

Official Box Score from GoDucks.com.

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