Oregon remains perfect at home, beats Nebraska 60-38

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon center Tony Woods scored 14 points and the Ducks overcame a sluggish performance on offense to defeat Nebraska 60-38 on Saturday.

Forward Arsalan Kazemi also had 10 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Ducks (9-1). Oregon started the week one spot out of the top 25.

With the win, Oregon also improved to 8-0 at home this season.

E.J. Singler scored 13 for the Ducks, who were held 19.4 points below their season average, including a season-low point total in the first half, though Oregon still led 27-18 at the break.

"Well, we probably set the game back about 10 years there," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Our shooting and ball movement wasn't what we wanted. . It was a win, but we didn't take the step we needed to. We've got a long ways to go."

The Ducks also missed on their first 11 3-point attempts before Singler made a pair in the final seven minutes of the game.

Oregon had 16 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.

But led by Woods, who was 7 of 11 from the field with four dunks, and Kazemi, the Ducks dominated inside, outscoring the Cornhuskers 40-12 in the paint, and outrebounding them 41-25.

"I'm just playing with confidence and feeling good about my offense," said Woods, who scored six straight midway through the first half to give Oregon an 18-6 lead.

Dylan Talley scored 11 points to lead the Cornhuskers (6-3), who shot just 30.6 percent from the floor with 16 turnovers while scoring a season low.

For the second straight game, the Ducks held an opponent to under 20 points in the first half and under 40 for the game. They defeated Idaho State 87-35 on Dec. 8.

Still, Woods wasn't impressed with Oregon's efforts on defense.

"We didn't do that great of a job," he said. "We have a lot of room for improvement. We gave up some shots, shots that we discussed they would take in practice."

It didn't seem to help Nebraska.

Oregon opened the second half on a 10-2 run to go up 37-20, and the Cornhuskers never could get closer than 11 points.

"We know that was a really important game, and we were practicing really hard the last couple of days," Kazemi said. "We picked it up in the second half. . We wanted to push the pace and that's what we did in the second half."

Release from Oregon Media Services

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.