Backcourt Leads Ducks Again

NASSAU, Bahamas – The offense revved up to shoot 57 percent from the field Monday as the Ducks defeated the Wolverines, a Bahamian club team, 119-56 in game two Oregon's exhibition tour.

"The team we played tonight was a little better than the one we played the first night, but our offense really clicked," said head coach Ernie Kent. "We continue to pass the ball so much better that it gives a whole new look and flow to the offense."

Malik Hairston and Adrian Stelly both reached 20 points for the second consecutive game. Hairston, a junior from Detroit, Mich., led the Ducks with 28 points. He also added seven rebounds and six assists.

The starting backcourt of Aaron Brooks and Stelly both registered double-doubles against the Wolverines. Brooks, a senior from Seattle, Wash., had 21 points and 10 assists, while Stelly, a senior from Portland, Ore., scored 20 points with 11 rebounds.

"Stelly and Aaron played really well for us again," said Kent. "We're playing those two a lot of minutes right on this trip, but they have performed well."

Junior Maarty Leunen garnered his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Adam Zahn was a big contributor off the bench with 18 points and six rebounds. Junior Mitch Platt added 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior Ray Schafer had nine points to round out Oregon's scoring.

Oregon took charge early in the game and then erased any doubt by holding the Wolverines to just four points in the third quarter. The Ducks outrebounded their opposition 53-23 and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.

"We were really good defensively; getting stops and getting out in transition," said Kent. "It's amazing how well we're playing and holding up considering we only have seven players."

The Ducks made 57 percent of their field goal attempts (48-of-84) and recorded assists on 31 of their 48 field goals. Oregon was 13-of-19 at the free throw line.

Junior Bryce Taylor, recovering from mild right ankle sprain sustained last Wednesday during practice, was held out of Monday's game. Sophomore Churchill Odia (knee) also did not play.

Kent said Taylor is not expected to play Tuesday versus the Wreckers, but hopes to have the junior from Encino, Calif., back in action following the team's off day on Wednesday.

Scoring: Oregon 119 (48-84, 10-24, 13-19) – Hairston 28, Leunen 11, Platt 12, Brooks 21, Stelly 20, Zahn 18, Scharfer 9. Rebounds: Oregon 53 – Leunen 11, Stelly 11, Platt 9, Hairston 7, Brooks 6, Zahn 6, Schafer 3. Assists: Oregon 31 – Brooks 10, Hairston 6, Stelly 5, Leunen 3, Platt 3, Zahn 3, Schafer 1.

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