EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon shot 64.5 percent in the first half and charged to a 87-35 victory over Idaho State on Saturday afternoon to remain unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon stays unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena (7-0) and improves to 8-1 overall with the win, while Idaho State drops to 1-6.
Freshman Damyean Dotson finished with a game-high 12 points, while seniors Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods each posted 11. Freshman Dominic Artis also tallied 11 points for Oregon. Senior E.J. Singler led all players with nine rebounds and Kazemi followed with eight. Oregon held a 40-14 advantage in points scored in the paint and a 35-13 edge in bench points. Additionally, Oregon's seven turnovers were its lowest output of the season.
Kazemi scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in the opening nine minutes to fuel a 21-5 Oregon run to begin the game. After a Bengal free throw, Woods scored the next six points for the Ducks to spark what would eventually turn into a 33-11 run to close the half. Oregon's 38-point lead (54-16) heading into halftime was the team's largest of the season and the fewest amount of first-half points allowed all season.
Kazemi and Woods posted 11 points and nine points, respectively, to lead all scorers in the opening half. The Ducks also outscored the Bengals, 15-0, in second-chance points and 21-9 in points off the bench in the first.
In the second, freshmen Dotson and Artis connected on the first two possessions of the half to extend Oregon's lead to 43 at 59-16. Dotson finished a fast-break layup after a pass from Artis and returned the favor the ensuing possession by setting up Artis for a three-pointer from the right wing. Oregon forced an Idaho State timeout with 17:38 remaining in the game after Dotson put home another fast-break bucket to put his team up, 61-17, just moments later.
Dotson scored the next five points for the Ducks to push the lead to 49 points (66-17) before an Idaho State three-pointer stopped Oregon's 12-1 run to start the second half.
An Austin Kuemper layup with just over nine minutes remaining gave the Ducks their largest lead of the game at 52 points (77-25) and UO cruised to a victory by the same margin, its largest since Nov. 13, 2009 when the Ducks beat Winston-Salem State by 51 points (94-43). In addition, the 35 points allowed was the fewest since Nov. 20, 2005, when Oregon held Savannah State to just 23 points.
Oregon shot 52.5 percent for the game and held the Bengals to just a 27.9 percent clip. The Ducks out-rebounded Idaho State, 47-19; the last time Oregon out-rebounded an opponent by more than 20 points was on Dec. 11, 2010 when UO had a 20-point edge (49-29) over Willamette.
The Ducks complete the final game of their four-game homestand next Saturday (Dec. 15) when they face Nebraska at Matthew Knight Arena. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m.