EUGENE — Tony Woods scored 14 points, including an emphatic two-handed dunk late in the game to put Oregon up for good in an 83-73 victory against Northern Arizona on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Freshman Damyean Dotson also scored 13 points for the Ducks, E.J. Singler added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Dominic Artis had 10, which sealed the win with a game-ending 17-6 run.
The Ducks, who returned only four scholarship players with game experience, started three freshmen against the Lumberjacks and played six, but it was the veterans who ignited the rally.
Oregon trailed 67-66 with 5:43 to play following back-to-back 3-pointers by NAU's Dewayne Russell and Blake Hamilton.
But Woods, a senior center, put the Ducks back on top when he spun through the lane and thundered home a dunk for a 68-67 advantage.
Singler, a senior forward, followed with a rebound basket and senior forward Carlos Emory drained a 3-pointer as the Ducks took off on a 13-0 run that ended with a 79-67 lead with :36.8 seconds left.
"Fortunately, we were able to put together some boards, get some stops and execute our offense and put together a run," Woods said.