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November 30, 2012

Ducks back to winning ways

The Oregon men's basketball played back in Matthew Knight arena after a tough loss again Cincinnati in Las Vegas last week, starting another winning streak with a 95-78 home win.

The Ducks hosted the Texas - San Antonio Roadrunners in their ninth game of the non-conference season. The Roadrunners, 3-2, were also playing off a loss against the Brigham Young Cougars.

Head coach Dana Altman played roughly the same starters as the Cincinnati game with the exception of Waverly Austin starting at the center position instead of Tony Woods.

Once the game began, the Roadrunners got off to a strong start and shot 69.2 percent on field goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. An early time out by Coach Altman slowed down the Roadrunners and gave momentum to the Ducks. After the timeout the Ducks seemed a lot more comfortable on the court and began to execute on offense.

It seemed clear from the start of the game that the Ducks' offensive game plan was to attack to the hoop and try to get as many point blank attempts as possible. Jonathan Loyd and Damyean Dotson also both helped
the Oregon bigs in attacking the hoop by having some coast to coast drives of their own.

The Texas San Antonio Roadrunners never fully adjusted to Dana Altman's style of pressure defense. On a couple attempts, Oregon's full court pressure defense stopped the Roadrunners from getting the ball to half court. Texas began to go on a run late in the 1st half, cutting Oregon's lead to 8, however another strategic time out stopped them from getting too hot. Oregon came out of the time out with a three point shot set up for senior forward, E.J. Singler which he delivered, giving the Ducks an 11 point lead heading into the locker room.

The luck of the Roadrunners didn't change as the Ducks continued to share the ball and find holes in the San Antonio defense. Oregon was set on sharing the ball as they never settled for jumpers. Jonathan Loyd and
Dominic Artis kept finding Kazemi and Tony Woods in the key, allowing them to dominate for the majority of the game.

The Ducks beat Texas - San Antonio with a final score of 95 to 78. The victory was by in large the Duck's ability to score 62 points in the paint, and 33 point from turn overs. Oregon will be playing the Arkansas
- Pine Bluff on Saturday at 3:30 p.m (pst) in Eugene.

Noteworthy: The Ducks got huge games from Arsalan Kazemi and Dominic Artis. Kazemi was able to rack up a season high of 20 points, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 5 steals in just 23 minutes. And Artis added 16 points, 4
assists, and 3 steals of his own.


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