Oregon Manhandles Montana State In Victory

In what was arguably their most well-rounded performance thus far this season, the Oregon men looked dominant Saturday night, defeating the visiting Montana State Bobcats, 89-66.

Without the contributions of Tajuan Porter (ankle), Joevan Catron (back), Matthew Humphrey (knee), and Josh Crittle (ankle), the Ducks hardly seemed to skip a beat. In fact, you could say they looked the best they have all season despite the absence of some of their key veteran leaders. Paced by six players who scored in double-figures, Oregon held a significant advantage on the glass and in the post, outrebounding Montana State 49-20 and outscoring the Bobcats 44-22 in the painted area. Sophomore center Jeremy Jacob had maybe the most impressive outing of any player on the floor this evening, scoring 10 points and snagging 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

"We've always said he's an automatic low post scorer," said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent of Jacob, "but he has to get used to the pace of the game...what's happening with him right now is, his body is just catching up to how hard we work him. And he's still got a lot more growth in him, but (he got) his first double-double at this level and it was a pretty impressive effort that he put together."

Assisting Jacob with some of the dirty work in the low post were Michael Dunigan, LeKendric Longmire, and E.J. Singler. Dunigan was an anchor in the post tonight, scoring 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and an impressive 7-for-8 from the free throw line, while Longmire (15 points and eight rebounds) and Singler (eight points and seven rebounds) flexed versatile and rugged play that enabled the Ducks to keep Montana State at arms lengths all game.

"It felt good just seeing him down there having a big presence, blocking a couple shots, getting some key rebounds and stuff like that," said Longmire of Dunigan, "Anytime you have a big man that's capable of a double-double every game, it's nice to have him back."

Dunigan had been nursing a sore hip the last couple of games, but seemed to be rather spry this evening.

Longmire also had glowing remarks for true freshman E.J. Singler, who with every passing game, appears to become more and more comfortable with his role on the team.

"To speak on E.J., that guy does the same thing EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. No matter what day in practice, he comes to practice and you know what you're going to get from him. He's Mr. Reliable."

Teondre Williams led the Ducks in scoring once again with 19 points and is beginning to establish himself as a bonafide go-to-guy offensively for Oregon. Whether it was off the dribble, in transition, or beyond the arc, Williams was simply electric as he continues to be the Ducks' most pleasant surprise of the early season.

Center Branden Johnson led Montana State with 16 points with forward Erik Rush chipping in 14 as the Bobcats' only two scorers in double figures.

Next up for Oregon is quite possibly the most anticipated preseason matchup for the Ducks this year as they will travel Columbia, MO on December 5 to take on the uptempo Missouri Tigers; Elite Eight finalists in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Tip is set for 2:00 p.m. Pacific.

Note: After the game, Coach Kent stated that Humphrey will "probably" have to have his knee scoped. Kent said that it is ultimately a decision that will have to be made between Matt and his father, but that the staff has recommended to Humphrey that he have the procedure be done. Kent didn't give a timetable for when a decision regarding Humphrey's knee would be made.

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