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Ducks Improve to 4-0 in Hoops

After a sluggish start by both the Oregon Ducks and Jacksonville State Gamecocks, Tony Woods broke through the scoring barricade and led the Oregon Ducks to a sloppy 67-45 blowout victory Monday night. Woods had a career night setting his career-high in points with 17 on 8-of-12 field goals attempts while blocking five shots which tied a career-high.

Senior Tony Woods had a career night against Jacksonville State with 17 points and 5 blocked shots.

Senior E.J. Singler finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes. Freshman Dominic Artis added 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes.

“I thought at times we played pretty well but at other times our defensive pressure and ball movement wasn’t very good,” said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “Disappointed with the 18 turnovers. We are going to play some teams this weekend that are going to get up and pressure and we didn’t do a good job handling the ball.”

“All in all some positives and we found the important thing, to win the game, but not sure we made the progress we need to make to go down and play some teams that are very good and ranked in the top-20.”

Woods was perhaps the lone bright spot on a sluggish offensive night as Jacksonville State had no answer for the senior post who constantly beat his man down low on offense and protected the hoop on defense.

“They lacked size inside and we were able to take advantage of that,” Woods said of his inside success.

Altman was also equally pleased with his senior center who seems to have elevated his game from last season.

“I thought Tony did some really good things, especially protecting the basket and made a couple of nice offensive moves,” Altman said. “Offensively he keeps making progress. He had a jump hook in that second half he really jumped up on and that was a pretty big time shot. I think he’s feeling more and more comfortable all the time. We got to get the ball inside to him as much as we can.”

With so many young and new faces this team will continue to be a work in progress and it was evident with the 18 turnovers.

“You aren’t going to be real consistent and we have a lot of new players but I anticipated it would take a while to put these guys together and it’s going to,” Altman said of the game. “You see some really good signs at times and at other times you are really disappointed because you make some bad mistakes. We are a long ways to go and I said that from the very beginning.”

Oregon started the night on a 7-0 run behind Woods and Singler and went on to build a 17-point lead at halftime. The Ducks never once trailed in the game and led by as many as 25 points in the second half. This is the third straight game Oregon has never trailed and second straight game Oregon held their opponents under 50 points.

Senior Arsalan Kazemi once again filled the stat sheet with everything besides points. Kazemi came off the bench in his second game of the season but played 24 minutes and finished with a team-high eight rebounds and five steals. Kazemi finished the night with two points on 1-5 shooting.

Oregon shot 47.4 percent from the floor opposed to JSU’s 38 percent. The Ducks were able to force the Gamecocks into 23 turnovers and more importantly 27 points off them. Oregon also won the points in the paint battle 34-24 and scored 18 points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Oregon’s bench added 21 points.

Oregon has now started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2007-08 when the Ducks started 4-0 before losing their fifth game of the season to Saint Mary’s. Oregon will now travel to Las Vegas, NV for a game against 18th ranked UNLV. The Rebels beat this same Jacksonville State team 77-58 last Saturday.

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