Oregon senior center Tony Woods admitted that a sour taste lingered in the mouths of he and his teammates following the Ducks' 91-84 loss in triple overtime at UTEP this past Wednesday. Thankfully, for Oregon's sake, the scheduling gods had a feel good game up their sleeves, as the Ducks' took out any lasting aggression on Houston Baptist (4-7), defeating the Huskies in a 91-50 romp Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon senior center Tony Woods led the Ducks with 14 points in the 91-50 win over Houston Baptist Saturday.
"It hurt," said Woods of Wednesday's loss to UTEP. "It was a tough game -- three overtimes -- and we fought hard, but they just got it at the end of the day. They lost their previous one, so we knew it would be tough coming in. We weren't surprised with their effort, but [the loss] did linger for awhile."
Led by Woods' 14 points Saturday, four Ducks scored in double-figures and nine others registered at least two points as Oregon never trailed in their 41-point victory over Houston Baptist. For Oregon head coach Dana Altman, ball movement and improved shot selection had a lot to do with the Ducks earning their 10th victory of the season.
"I thought our ball movement was good, especially early when we built a pretty good lead right away," said Altman. "Arsalan (Kazemi) with his five assists right out of the gate I thought did a great job of moving the ball. We shot the ball better from three and I thought we took pretty good threes.
"I had been disappointed in some of the threes we've taken in the first part of the season here and I thought we did a better job there of selecting some threes [today]."
On the defensive end of the floor, Oregon's defense remained stingy and active, holding the Huskies to 18-of-69 shooting from the field (26.1 percent) and converting 17 Houston Baptist turnovers in to 20 Duck points.
"I thought our movement (defensively) was pretty good," said Altman. "Our size, with Tony and 'Wave' (Waverly Austin) inside, [Houston Baptist] adjusted a lot of shots to avoid those guys. They had some good looks they didn't hit and they got some extra shots -- their second chance points were right even with ours -- so they had some good looks and just didn't finish, but our defense is getting better.
"Johnny Loyd did a great job defensively. He was trying to get everybody communicating like we need done...I liked his efforts in trying to get some things going."
Though no one will be throwing a parade for Altman and his team after smothering a Houston Baptist squad that has only been playing Division I basketball since 2008, Altman was encouraged both by his team's overall execution rebounding from a tough loss and the fact the team was given an opportunity to develop much need depth on the bench.
"I just thought it was important that we get everybody on the floor," said Altman. "Guys bounced back a little bit [from Wednesday] and we had a real tough practice yesterday...For the most part, I thought they bounced back pretty good, but we've just got a lot of areas [we need to improve in].
"I think the all the parts are there and we can have a good team, but we've got a tremendous amount of progress and work that we've got to get started on on the 27th and make happen pretty quickly."
The Ducks return to action New Year's Eve as they take on Nevada at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. and the game can be seen LIVE on the Pac-12 Network.
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