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Oregon moves on to play winner of Creighton-Rhode Island on Sunday.

The Oregon Ducks sputtered and sparked to put away Iona 93-77 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Playoff Midwest Regional, played in Sacramento, Calif. Oregon had four players score in double-figures and was led in scoring by Tyler Dorsey with 24 points.

The Ducks were able to capitalize on the fact that Iona had no shot blocker or at least a body big enough to keep the Ducks from getting inside, and Oregon was able to score at will underneath. However, in the first half, despite going into the lockerroom with a 55-37 lead, with Jordan Bell doing a lot of damage in the low post, the Gael’s Jordan Washington was having a field day by scoring 14 points as he seemed to dictate where he was going to go and do what he wanted when he got there. Bell scored 17 points and had help from Dorsey, who continued his hot scoring the Pac-12 Tournament, and put in 14.

The pattern though of Oregon having control only to have Iona put on runs of its own and find success from beyond the 3-point arc.

"A lot of good thing,” said Head Coach Dana Altman to the team in the lockerroom following the game; and published by Oregon’s official website, “The only disappointing thing is, we got a big lead and gave up some easy baskets. And then the ball movement — when we got that big lead, you guys moved it nice, got a lot of easy baskets. When we got it hung up, we weren't as effective. It's about survive-and-advance, but you've got to learn from it too."

In the second half, Oregon built a 26-point lead at 76-50, but the Gaels kept chipping away at the big lead and whittled it down to 13 points with Oregon leading 83-70 with 5:57 left in the game.

“We've seen teams can get it going, so everybody had to show up,” Dillon Brooks told “Guys were confident, knocking down shots, and it was a great first game for everybody."

The Ducks managed to withstand the runs that Iona made and were able to get significant minutes for Kavell Bigby-Williams, who played 14 minutes, pulling down six rebounds and scoring four points. Bigby-Williams saw more action due to the injury to Chris Boucher that will keep him out of the NCAA Playoffs.

While Dorsey scored 24, he had help from Brooks’ 18, Bell’s 17 and Payton Pritchard’s 16.

Bell was the leading Duck rebounder with 11. Oregon pulled down a total 37 rebounds to Iona’s 27. Washington was the leading scorer for the Gaels with 22 points with Sam Cassell, Jr., adding 16 and Deyshonee Mach contributing 15, all from the 3-point line.

Oregon shot 55.6 percent on 35-of-63 shooting from the field including nine 3-points and hitting 14-of-21 free throws.

Iona hit 43.8 percent of its shots from the field on 28-of-64 shooting and canned a total of 10 three-pointers plus were 11-of-16 from the charity stripe.

On Sunday, the Ducks remain in Sacramento to face the winner of the Creighton-Rhode Island game.

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