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Bench play lifts Ducks.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

It was the third game in three days, but it didn't look like it for Oregon.

The Ducks seemed to put together their best performance out of the three victories in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge with an 82-61 win over Cal Poly Sunday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

The 14th-ranked Ducks committed just four turnovers and shot 48 percent from the field. They also outrebounded the Mustangs 35-27 to improve to 7-0.

"A couple lapses here and there, but all in all, we played one of our best games so far," senior guard Johnathan Loyd said. "Defensively, for sure, we were locked in and focused."

The Ducks put five players in double figures for the second night in a row and had seven different players score at least 10 points in a game during the three-game weekend.

"I thought the guys played well. Three games in three days can be tough, and we came out and played with a lot of energy," said assistant coach Tony Stubblefield, who handled the postgame interview because Dana Altman was dealing with back pain.

Oregon's top two scorers came off the bench as forwards Richard Amardi and Elgin Cook each scored 14 points. Amardi added a team-high six rebounds, and Cook had four rebounds and neither had a turnover in 44 combined minutes on the court. Amardi totaled 29 points and 14 rebounds in Oregon's last two games, and Cook had 24 points and 14 rebounds.

"That is a big confidence boost for those guys," Stubblefield said. "They are a big part of what we are trying to do. We made a concentrated effort to get them good quality minutes, and they took advantage of the minutes they had on the court.

That will prepare them for games down the road."

Loyd had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Joseph Young had 13 points, four assists and three rebounds. Damyean Dotson returned after missing the second half of Saturday's game with an ankle injury to score 13 points.

One night after committing 20 turnovers, Oregon had four against Cal Poly, including one in the first half.

"We just made some plays, didn't try to force anything," Dotson said. "Not try to do anything crazy, stay in control passing the ball."

That was the message delivered by Altman, who called the 20 turnovers on Saturday "really disappointing."

"As coach preaches, make the easy pass, the right pass," Stubblefield said. "We were too excited yesterday, trying to make the spectacular play. Today they made the right play, the simple play.

"We were concerned yesterday about turnovers, so we told them to focus and make the easy play instead of the home run."

Oregon was allowing 72 points per game in its first six outings but held the Mustangs to 11 fewer on 40 percent shooting. Cal Poly was 9-for-26 from the field in the second half as Oregon pulled away for the win.

"We realize how important defense is," Loyd said. "We can't give up the easy buckets. We also realize we can really play good defense at times, and we know some of the potential we have got."

Oregon led 55-43 early in the second half before going on a 17-2 run to put the game away.

Jason Calliste and Young each made a free throw before Dotson hit a jumper to put Oregon ahead 59-43. Cal Poly answered with a basket before the Ducks scored 13 in a row. Cook had a pair of free throws and Amardi hit back-to-back baskets before Calliste hit a three-pointer and was fouled before adding the free throw for a four-point play. Young followed with a three-pointer that put Oregon ahead 72-45.

Oregon broke a 7-7 tie by going on a 13-2 run early in the game.

Dotson hit a jumper and Waverly Austin added a dunk to put Oregon ahead 11-7.

Brian Bennett scored for Cal Poly before Dotson hit a three-pointer and Young added a free throw. Amardi had a rebound dunk before Dotson drained another three-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that included points on nine straight possessions for Oregon, which went ahead 20-9 with 12:52 left in the first half.

Oregon's lead was down to 24-17 before Loyd and Young hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Ducks up 30-17 with 7:37 left in the first half. Loyd added two more three-pointers that stretched the lead to 36-18.

Also Sunday

Pacific 93, North Dakota 76: Ross Rivera came off the bench to scored 19 points to lead the Tigers, who outscored UND 48-28 in the second half to earn the victory. Sama Taku had 18 points for Pacific, and Tony Gill and Andrew Bock had 14 apiece. T.J. Wallace added 10 points and three steals for the Tigers.

Troy Huff scored 21 points to pace North Dakota, and Jamal Webb had 16 and Aaron Anderson had 11.


Key statistic: One night after committing 20 turnovers, Oregon had just four.

Notes: Junior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit, who missed the first three games of the season with a foot injury, played one minute in the first half before suffering a sprained ankle and did not return. ... Sophomore guard Damyean Dotson returned after missing the second half on Saturday with an ankle injury. ... Point guard Johnathan Loyd was part of his 80th win as a Duck. E.J. Singler played in a school-record 89 victories. ... Sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter missed their final game at home as part of a nine-game NCAA suspension for receiving extra benefits. They'll also miss games at Mississippi and against Illinois in Portland, then they'll return on Dec. 17 when the Ducks host UC Irvine.

Next: Oregon at Mississippi at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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Title Annotation:Oregon Men Basketball; Richard Amardi and Elgin Cook utilize added playing time
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Dec 2, 2013
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