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Ducks Beat Huskers To Go To 9-1

Courtesy: Oregon Sports Information

EUGENE, Ore. — Senior Arsalan Kazemi recorded his 47th career double-double as Oregon finished off Nebraska, 60-38, in front of 6,102 fans at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Ducks improved to 9-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 at home, their best home start since the 2007-08 season. Nebraska fell to 6-3 overall. Kazemi led Oregon with 10 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Tony Woods led all scorers with 14 points and E.J. Singler followed with 13. Dylan Talley led Nebraska with 11 points.

Despite scoring just 60 points – its lowest output of the season – the Ducks held their opponent to under 40 points for the second straight game. In addition, it was the fourth time that Oregon held its opponent under 50 points.

Oregon shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) and held Nebraska to just 30.6 percent shooting (15-of-49). The Ducks outscored the Huskers 40-12 in the paint and they held a 14-7 edge in the points-off-turnovers category.

A stifling Oregon defense held Nebraska to just 3-of-9 shooting in the first seven minutes of the game. In that span, the Ducks forced three turnovers and jumped out to a 12-6 lead. Kazemi recorded four rebounds and two steals during the run.

Woods extended the lead to 12 (18-6) with three straight buckets, including a thunderous dunk over two Nebraska defenders at the 10:49 mark. Dominic Artis buried a jumper with 6:34 left in the first half to give Oregon its largest lead of the game, 24-11, before Nebraska’s Talley knocked down a three-pointer to make it a 10-point game on the ensuing possession. Neither team scored again until Kazemi split a pair of free throws to make it a 25-14 game with 4:23 remaining.­

The Ducks held a 27-18 advantage heading into halftime. They forced 11 Husker turnovers in the opening half but committed 10 of their own. Oregon shot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the field in the first and held its opponent to just 36.4 (8-of-22) shooting. In addition, the Huskers did not attempt a first-half free throw, while the Ducks finished 5-of-7. Woods’ eight points led all scorers in the first while Kazemi posted six rebounds in the first 20 minutes to lead all players.

In the second, a dunk and layup by Woods sparked a 6-0 Oregon run in the first four minutes of the half. The Ducks held Nebraska to 0-of-7 shooting in that time frame before Talley converted a layup to cut Oregon’s lead to 13 (33-20) at the 15:39 mark. But the Ducks grabbed a 17-point edge (37-20) just a few moments later when E.J. Singler took a pass from Artis that came from behind the half-court stripe and put home a layup.

But the scrappy Nebraska squad hung around despite shooting just 30 percent (12-of-40) from the field through just over 30 minutes of the game. With 7:55 left in regulation, the Huskers trailed the Ducks by only 12 (42-30).

Coming out of the under-eight media timeout, Singler knocked in a triple to give him 10 points for the game – the 67th time in his career that he has scored in double figures – and push the Oregon lead back to 15 (45-30). The two teams traded baskets over the next four possessions and with 4:30 left, the Ducks led the Huskers, 49-34.

With 3:15 remaining and the Ducks leading by 15, Singler buried a three-pointer to extend the lead to 18 (54-36) and put the game out of reach. Oregon cruised the rest of the way and defeated the visiting Huskers, 60-38.

The Ducks next take the floor on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at UTEP. Game time from El Paso, Texas, is slated for 5 p.m.

Postgame Notes:

– Kazemi recorded double-figure rebounds (17) for the 53rd time in his career.
– Kazemi has now scored in double figures in four consecutive games. He recorded a team-high four steals, the 50th time in his career that he has led his team (including Rice) in the steals category.
– Woods posted two blocks to give him 66 for his career. He passes Michael Dunigan for seventh on Oregon’s all-time blocks list.
– Oregon’s 8-0 home record is its best start since the 2007-08 season. The Ducks started 9-0 at home in 2006-07 and finished 16-0 in 2001-02.
– Singler has started the last 88 games for Oregon. He scored 13 points today and has now scored in double figures 67 times in his career.
– Woods has scored in double figures in two straight games.
– Oregon is now 1-0 this season when wearing its light-silver uniforms.

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