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Ducks' Comeback Bid Falls Short
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 12/02/2010
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Marcus Denmon scored 19 points and No. 9 Missouri held on to beat Oregon 83-80 on Thursday night in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game.

Kim English had 12 points for the Tigers (6-1), who nearly blew all of their 20-point halftime lead. Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon added 11 points each for Missouri and Matt Pressey had 10 points.

E.J. Singler scored a career-high 19 points for the Ducks (4-3), who trailed 44-24 at halftime but shot 62.1 percent from the field and made 8 of 15 3-pointers in the second half. Freshman Johnathan Loyd made two 3s in the final 14 seconds, the second of which cut the Tigers' lead to 82-80 with 8 seconds to play.

But Dixon made 1-of-2 free throws with 5.3 seconds left, and the Ducks missed on a last-ditch effort to tie the game as time ran out.

Loyd, Jay-R Strowbridge and Joevan Catron all had 15 points for the Ducks.

POSTGAME NOTES

- The Ducks outscored the Tigers, 17-5, over a 6:30 span to open the second half. That included a 10-0 run from the 16:43 mark to the 13:30 mark in the second half. UO made 5-of-9 field goals during that stretch.

- After falling behind 22 points (2:34 mark in 1st half), Oregon managed to cut Missouri’s lead to two points , 82-80, with 5.3 seconds in the second half.

- E.J. Singler registered a career-high 19 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. He has scored in double-figures in the first seven games of the season. It was the second time this season that Singler had led the team in rebounds. The sophomore did nearly all of his damage in the second half as the Ducks nearly erased a 20-point deficit, scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the second half after tallying only two points on 0-of-4 shooting in the opening stanza.

- Jay-R Strowbridge had 15 points and made a season-best three 3-pointers. It was first time he reached double-figures in scoring since posting a career-best 18 points in UO’s 97-92 overtime win over North Dakota state in the season opener.

- Joevan Catron reached double-figures in scoring (15 points) for the sixth time in seven games this season.

- Johnathan Loyd registered a career-high 15 points (5-of-10 on FGs) in playing a season-high 30 minutes.

- After committing 12 first-half turnovers, the Duck offense got in sync after the break, turning the ball over only four times in the final frame. Oregon also heated up from the field in the second half, hitting 62.1 percent of its shots. That figure represents the highest shooting percentage in any half for the Ducks this season.

First-half numbers…

-  MU’s first-half field goal percentage (.643, 18-of-28) was the highest for any Oregon opponent this season. The Ducks had limited their opponents to sub-50 percent shooting in the first six games.

- Oregon’s first-half field goal percentage (.233, 7-of-30) was a season-worst. The Ducks’ previous first-half low on field goals was 27.8 percent (10-of-36) against top-ranked Duke last Saturday.

- The Ducks had three assists and 12 turnovers during the first 20 minutes of the game, both season-worsts.

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