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The bigman sets a new career scoring mark in win.

EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 20 Oregon Ducks battled the Fresno State Bulldogs Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Jordan Bell had a career night scoring 23 points while adding eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in the 75-63 win.

“He's had two really good offensive games.” Head Coach Dana Altman said of Bell's huge performance. “With guys struggling, it’s good he gave us some firepower.”

The win improves the Ducks to 11-2 on the season and also makes it 33 straight home wins at MKA.

Dylan Ennis was the only other Ducks player to score in double-digits with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey each had nine points and combined for four rebounds, six assists and four steals. 

Casey Benson had a relatively quiet night only scoring seven points but made up for it with five rebounds, five assists and three key steals late in the game and drew praise from his coach.

“He did have a big box score,” Altman speaking about Benson and his effort.

In the first half the Ducks dominated the Bulldogs in all aspects of the game by outscoring them28-6 in the paint, having nine points off of turnovers and getting 14 fast break points and taking a commanding 39-25 lead into the half.

“In the 1st half our shooting percentage was 56,” Altman on his team's stellar offense. “I thought our ball movement was really good.”

The start of the second half didn’t look good for the Ducks allowing the Bulldogs to get out on an early 7-2 run cutting into Ducks lead 41-32.

At the 8:08 mark of the second half the Ducks lead was cut to just three, 53-50, when Jaron Hopkins scored five of his nine points in just over a minute span. Hopkins also had two assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Fresno State in the 2nd half outplayed the Ducks scoring 24 of their 63 points in the paint, seven points off of turnovers and outscoring the Ducks bench 15-4.

“We’re a much better team than what we’re showing.” Altman talking about his team’s performance. “That’s the disappointing thing to me as a coach.”

But Benson's team leadership kept the Ducks focused and didn’t let his team's composer unravel and give up the lead.

“Everyone looks at scoring but he made a lot of plays defensively and he really settled us down when we needed him to.” Altman said of Benson.

Paul Watson was the top scorer for the Bulldogs scoring 15 points, seven rebounds and one block in 36 minutes of play. Karachi Edo had 12 points to go along with seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.

On the night the Ducks were 25-of-52 from the field, 3-of-15 from the 3-point range and 22-of-30 from the free throw line.

Fresno State finished 24-of-56 from the field, 6-of-22 from the 3-point line and 9-of-15 for free throws.

Up Next: No. 20 Oregon Ducks (11-2) hosts No. 2 UCLA Bruins (12-0) on Wednesday December 28, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena at 6 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPN2.

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