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Ducks Prevail in Civil War Battle

Down six at halftime Oregon got a jump start from freshman Daymean Dotson’s 14 second half points and Oregon rallied for a second half comeback victory over the Oregon State Beavers to improve to 12-2 on the year and 1-0 in conference play.

Damyean Dotson soars for a mid-range jumper.

Oregon won the game 79-66 behind a second half surge that saw Oregon score 51 points while limiting OSU to just 38-percent shooting.

“Our ball movement in the first half was atrocious,” said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “You're not scoring baskets, not able to set a press, can't get a flow going. I just thought our ball movement increased....we pounded the boards a little better. Our transition game and ball movement in the second half was a major difference. “

Dotson finished the game scoring a new career-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Dotson added six rebounds, and one steal to lead Oregon. Senior E.J. Singler added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Dominic Artis scored 11 points.

In a quick sequence of plays Dotson hit a short floater, Jonathan Loyd found Tony Wood’s for a slam dunk, and then Dotson hit a three in the corner to give Oregon a 37-36 lead just minutes into the second half.

For Dotson he wasn't exactly sure what to expect in his first Civil War but said afterwards he understood on why the game was so important.

“I am from Houston so I don’t know much about this but I am pretty sure it was a big game because E.J. had been talking to us all week,” says Dotson. “It’s a big game and I understand now and I’ll be ready for now on. It's something different, it is Oregon State vs Oregon. They said this was their state. It's a big game, a big atmosphere. You have to be ready to play."

The Ducks leaned on Dotson in the second half when he seemed like he couldn't miss despite any shot he took.

“He's a freshman, he does some crazy things but he really made some nice plays in the second half,” Altman said of his star freshman. “I think he's got a world of potential. He takes criticism pretty well. There's a lot of talent there. I think he can be an awfully good player.”

Oregon got a huge game from Dotson and Singler.

While this game was huge for Oregon and the Ducks Altman also warned it is just one of 18 and Oregon doesn't have much time to rest on their accomplishments.

“Just one of 18 and I am sure Craig will say the same thing. I know there's a little bit more to it but it's just the first game,” Altman said. “We both have the Arizona schools coming in next week. Neither of us can worry about it or get too happy about it.”

Yet tonight Oregon can relish in the fact they’ve now beaten the Beavers four out of the last five games and start conference play 1-0.

The Ducks were able to dominate inside the paint outscoring OSU 46 to 26. The Ducks were also able to win the rebounding edge 42-31 with a 25-13 advantage in the second half. But Oregon’s defense also locked in holding OSU to just 41.7 percent shooting from the field.

Arsalan Kazemi returned to action after missing the second half of the Nevada game due to a concussion and came off the bench. Kazemi finished the game with eight points, eight rebounds, two steals, and two assists in 21 minutes. Tony Woods added eight points for Oregon.

OSU was led by Ahmad Starks’ 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Roberto Nelson added 18 and Eric Moreland had nine points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.

In the first half Oregon played a sloppy game and were lucky to be within six points at halftime and trailed 34-28. The Ducks shot just 13-of-29 from the field and failed to make one of their eight attempts from three. The Ducks were also sloppy with the ball turning it over seven times. The Beavers scored just five points off those turnovers preventing the Beaver lead from growing.

The Ducks did tie the game midway through the first half but quickly let the Beavers extend their lead again.

Singler scored seven points in the first half. Freshmen Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson both scored six in the first half for Oregon. OSU was led by junior point guard Ahmad Stark’s 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Roberto Nelson added nine points in the first half.

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