Ore. – Carlos Emory scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures
as the University of Oregon knocked off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-59 at Matthew
Knight Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Emory scored 12 of his points in the second half, while finishing 6-of-7 from the floor. Arsalan Kazemi finished with his first double-double at Oregon with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Dominic Artist and senior E.J. Singler added 10 points each. Artist added six assists and five steals, while Kazemi also grabbed five steals.
Oregon out-rebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 19, 40-21, and outscored the Golden Lions 46-36 in the paint. The Ducks connected on 29-of-58 (50 percent) shots, including 14-of-25 (56 percent) in the second half. UO held the Golden Lions to 45.1 percent shooting, including just 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
Oregon (7-1) used a pair of big runs to start each half that ultimately led to an easy Duck victory. UO outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6) 18-2 in the first 6:06 of the first half and 20-4 in the opening 6:07 of the second half.
The Golden Lions got as close as five points (37-32) early in the second half, but Oregon responded with a 20-2 run to push the lead to 57-34 with 13:53 to play.
Artis and Singler started the decisive spurt, outscoring UAPB 11-0 to extend the lead to 48-32. Artis scored to start the run, before Singler added a conventional three-point play and a hoop. Artis then added four straight free throws.
Jaylon Floyd snapped the Oregon rally with a hoop, but Emory answered with a 3-pointer to give the Ducks a 51-34 lead with 15:39 to play. Emory added to the lead with a slam dunk coming out of the media timeout, before Kazemi and Damyean Dotson scored to put UO up 23.
UO jumped out to an early lead behind a 18-0 run. UAPB opened the scoring with a basket before the Ducks rolled off 14 straight heading into the first media timeout.
Dotson sparked the run with five points on back-to-back baskets giving Oregon a double-digit lead. Woods had a dunk to put Oregon on top (3-2) and then had a tip-in to give UO a 14-2 lead.
The Ducks extended the run to 18-0 out of the timeout on a breakaway lay-up by Johnathan Loyd and a dunk by Emory to give Oregon an 18-2 led.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff rallied with an 11-0 run of its own to cut Oregon’s lead to 18-13 at the 10:26 mark. Davon Haynes scored four points in the run and six of UAPB’s first 11 points.
The teams traded baskets over the next 2:49 before the Ducks went on another run, this time a 10-0 spurt that extended the lead to 17. Dotson capped the run with back-to-back hoops to make it 36-17.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff climbed back finishing the half with an 11-1 run of its own, including the last six points of the half, to go into the locker room down 37-30.
Dotson paced the Ducks in the first half with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Woods went 4-of-4 from the field for eight points. Kazemi helped Oregon to a 24-11 rebounding advantage with 10 first-half boards.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored 14 points off 10 Oregon turnovers in the half. Oregon connected on 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) field goals in the half, but managed to make just 1-of-10 threes. Arkansas-Pine Bluff hit 13-of-29 shots (44.8) percent, but only 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) 3-pointers.
- The two teams combined for a number of runs during the game. Oregon had runs of 18-0 and 10-0 in the first half, while UAPB had runs of 11-0 and 11-1 before intermission. The Golden Lions turned the last run into a 13-1 scoring the first basket of the second half. Oregon answered that run with a 20-2 run to push the lead to 57-34.
- Arsalan Kazemi finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds to tally his first double-double as an Oregon Duck. Kazemi now has 46 career double-doubles with 45 coming during his three seasons at Rice.
- Kazemi ‘s double-digit rebounding game marked the second time that the senior has grabbed 10-plus rebounds this season. He had a season-high 15 rebounds against Cincinnati on November 24.
- Kazemi scored double-digit (11) points for the second straight game.
- Carlos Emory led the Ducks in scoring for the second time this season and the third time in his career. His 16 points matched a season high that he set against UNLV. He has four double-digit scoring games this season.
- The Ducks had five players score in double figures for the first time this season. Oregon’s previous best was four players in double figures against Northern Arizona and UT-San Antonio.