Oregon Dumps UC Irvine 85-42

Eugene, Ore. -- When in doubt, give it to the man with the hot hand. On Friday night at McArthur Court, the Oregon Ducks (4-0) found a red-hot Chamberlain Oguchi often in the second half of contest with the UC Irvine and came away winning 85-42. Oguchi hit six 3-point shots in the second half to tear the game apart, but it could have been a great defensive effort that made the difference.

"We're pretty focused on what we're trying to get done, particularly at the defensive end," said Head Coach Ernie Kent of the contest. "To hold a team to 13 points in a half is pretty impressive."

Holding a 41-29 halftime lead, the Ducks used their athleticism and speed to wear down the Anteaters. Oregon picked up the defensive intensity midway through the second half and as a result forced UC Irvine to cough up the ball 13 times in the second half and a total of 26 in the game. Not that it came as any surprise after the defensive onslaught, but the Anteaters only scored 13 points in the last 20 minutes.

While the quick hands and feet of the Ducks continually cut off passing lanes, the hot shooting Oguchi found his range. Oguchi finished the night shooting 9-for-18 in field goal attempts including 6-for-13 from 3-point range, and scoring a total of 25 points. A total of four Ducks scored in double figures. Bryce Taylor had 18 on an 8-for-11 night including two three pointers. Aaron Brooks had 14 on 4-of-13 shooting and Tajuan Porter finished with 12 points. Porter though made his presence felt with four assists to go along with Brooks' six.

"Tonight it was Chamberlain Oguchi's night to shoot threes and knock them down," observed Kent. "I thought Porter did a great job finding him in transition."

Porter's presence on the court was evident even if he was not looking to take shots. Using his quickness, he seemed to be touching the ball at every turn. While many in the stands were hoping for Porter to put up shots from long distance, Porter was content in finding the open man, and often it was Oguchi.

"It just doesn't bother him," Kent said of Porter's play. "If he needs to make assists, he does that. It is a great weapon to have."

UC Irvine was paced by Patrick Sanders and Darren Fells, both with 10.

Oregon takes on Rice on Monday evening (5 p.m. Pacific) in Oguchi's hometown of Houston, Texas. Kent expects that the Rice game will be tough and expects a hot, compact gym and a team eager to knock off a Pac-10 team.

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