Ducks sink Commodores in foul fest, 75-65

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Ducks took advantage of cold Vanderbilt 3-point shooting and a charitable Pacific 10 officiating crew to dispose of the Commodores 75-65. It was Vanderbilt's third loss in three games played this season on the west coast.

Vanderbilt jumped out to an early 7-4 on a Julian Terrell dunk. Terrell who scored 14 points in the first half and tied with Mario Moore as Vandy's leading scorer in the game, was held scoreless in the second half.

Oregon, which improves to 4-0 on the season, took the lead for the first time at 9-7 on an Aaron Brooks 3-point shot with 14:40 remaining in the first half. Brooks went on to be Oregon's second leading scorer, finishing with 11 points, including a very effective 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc.

After a Ted Skuchas layup tied the game at 9-9, two consecutive DeMarre Carroll field goals enabled Vanderbilt to take 13-9 lead with 12:00 remaining in the half. Carroll would go on to finish with 7 points and Skuchas would chip in 4.

Brooks poured in another 3-point shot with 11:35 remaining as the Ducks re-took the lead at 14-13. Vanderbilt senior Corey Smith answered the Duck challenge by draining a 3-point shot and giving the Commodores back the lead at 16-14 with 11:30 remaining until halftime. Later, Smith struck again from 3-point range and helped Vanderbilt to extend its lead to 6 points at 22-16 eight minutes before the half. Smith finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds on the night.

Oregon's Brandon Lincoln gave Oregon back the lead again with 7:05 remaining when he canned one of his two 3-point shots of the night to give the Ducks a 26-23 edge. Lincoln would finish with 10 points.

A Julian Terrell dunk closed out the first half scoring with Vanderbilt trailing 38-35.

In the second half Vanderbilt took an early 39-38 lead before the Ducks took over the game. Oregon, which made 18-of-29 free throws in the second half alone, took a 7-point lead with 10:21 remaining when Bryce Taylor and Ian Crosswhite combined to score 4 consecutive free throws. Crosswhite, the 7-foot Duck center, would finish as the game leading scorer with 16 points, half of those coming on free throws.

The Duck lead continued to grow into the second half, reaching 14 with 6:22 remaining. Vanderbilt was able to whittle the lead to 11 at 70-59 on Corey Smith's third 3-pointer of the night. However, fouls took their toll on Vanderbilt. Freshman DeMarre Carroll fouled out with 5:50 remaining. With 3:04 left sophomore Ted Schukas garnered his fifth foul. Jason Holwerda was ejected with 1:12 remaining when the veteran picked up a very rare fifth infraction.

Asked about the barrage of fouls called on his team, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings took the high road: "To us it indicates that we are not disciplined enough defensively. We just have to do a better job of coaching in practice so that our guys play with more discipline on defense."

Vanderbilt (4-3) will travel to No. 24 Cincinnati on Thursday for a 7 pm CT game against the Bearcats. Oregon (4-0) will visit Illinois next Saturday.

Jason Holwerda after a pass.

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