EUGENE, Ore.— The University of Oregon defeated the Houston Baptist Huskies 91-50 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks move to 10-2 on the season while the Huskies fall to 4-7.
Senior Tony Woods led Oregon in scoring with 14 followed by senior E.J. Singler with 13. Senior Carlos Emory and freshman Damyean Dotson contributed 10 points each. Redshirt freshman Austin Kuemper scored a career-high nine points, while junior Waverly Austin added eight of his own and led the team with nine rebounds. Freshman Ben Carter recorded eight points and eight rebounds as well.
The Ducks dominated down low, leading the Huskies 42 to 20 in points in the paint, while also holding the advantage in points off turnovers (20 to 3), fast break points (14 to 6) and bench points (46 to 18).
Defensively, Oregon held HBU to 50 points, recording 11 steals thanks to a full-court press defense that left the Huskies scrambling.
E.J. Singler started the game off with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Fellow senior Arsalan Kazemi followed that up with a layup off of an assist from Singler. Kazemi proceeded to take a charge on Houston Baptist’s subsequent possession and then fed Singler under the basket for a reverse layup to put Oregon up 7-0.
The Ducks continued their pace behind senior Tony Woods and freshman Damyean Dotson, extending their lead to 34-12 before back-to-back three pointers from Singler put Oregon up 40-12. Oregon, who never trailed in the game, ended the first half with a 51-30 lead.
Oregon started the second half with an 11-0 run and built the lead to as many as 41 with 26 seconds to play. The Ducks made 48.5 percent of their field goal attempts (33-of-68) while holding the Huskies to 26.1 percent (18-of-69). They also outshot HBU 56.3 percent (9-of-16) to 40 percent (6-of-15) from beyond the arc.
The Ducks return to the court on New Year's Eve at 4 p.m. against Nevada at Matthew Knight Arena.
- The Ducks are now 9-0 at Matthew Knight Arena; the perfect start at home is the best since the 2006-07 team also started the year 9-0 in Eugene.
• Arsalan Kazemi’s rebound at the 17-minute mark in the first half was his second of the game and 100th of the season.
• Kazemi set a season-high in assists (5).
• Senior Tony Woods picked up his first steal of the season midway through the first half.
• E.J. Singler has now started the last 90 games for Oregon.
• Singler buried a three with 6:11 left in the first half to give him 13 points for the game and move him past A.D. Smith for 19th all-time on Oregon’s career scoring list. Singler now has 1,236 points in his career with the Ducks.
• The Ducks scored at least 50 points in the first half for the fourth time this season.
• With the win, Oregon moves to a perfect 3-0 when wearing yellow uniforms.
• Damyean Dotson posted a season and career-high eight rebounds