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  • Singler, Ducks roll to easy victory over Vanderbilt

  • EUGENE — E.J. Singler scored 22 points and Oregon dominated Vanderbilt in a 74-48 victory Friday night.
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  • EUGENE — E.J. Singler scored 22 points and Oregon dominated Vanderbilt in a 74-48 victory Friday night.
    Freshman guard Damyean Dotson had his third double-digit scoring game for the Ducks (3-0) with 10 points, and Tony Woods had 10 as well.
    Kyle Fuller scored 17 points to pace the Commodores (1-1), who lost coach Kevin Stallings to an ejection with 15:57 to play after he was whistled for a pair of technical fouls for arguing with officials. Kedren Johnson added 14 points for Vanderbilt.
    Oregon led 41-20 at halftime, and the Commodores never got closer than 14 points in the second half.
    "We knew how big of a game this was for us as a collective unit, a test to kind of measure where we're at," said Singler, a former South Medford High standout. "We came out and really showed a good team effort."
    The Ducks held a 17-14 lead midway through the first half before exploding for 24 points in the final 9:25, starting with an 11-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Dotson and a 3-pointer and jumper from Singler to make it 28-14 with 7:38 before halftime.
    Fuller ended Vanderbilt's scoreless stretch with a layup with 6:41 to play in the half, but the Commodores didn't make another field goal the rest of the half, missing on their next six attempts.
    The Ducks, meanwhile, were just heating up. They finished the first half on a 13-2 run, capped by a long 3-pointer from Johnathan Loyd as time expired.
    "I thought we got a lot of fast-break points through that stretch, and I thought they got a little tired of us running up and down," said Singler, who also had six assists and five rebounds. "I thought we got some good easy looks and we kind of just broke it open from there."
    Overall, the Ducks outshot the Commodores 46 percent to 34 percent. Vanderbilt, which made 12 3-pointers in its season opener against Nicholls State, was just 4 of 21 from long range against Oregon.
    In his first game as a Duck, senior forward Arsalan Kazemi led the team with seven rebounds and added five points in 21 minutes.
    Kazemi transferred to Oregon from Rice during the summer and sought a hardship waiver from the NCAA so he could play right away instead of sitting out a season. He was finally cleared to play Thursday.
    Oregon State 66, Purdue 58
    At New York, Devon Collier took advantage of a rare trip back to the Big Apple and put on a sparkling show for his family and friends.
    The junior forward from the Bronx capped a huge homecoming with a career-best 27 points and 14 rebounds to help Oregon State hold off Purdue in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
    Collier, who grew up in the Bronx and went to St. Anthony High School, scored 21 points Thursday in a 65-62 loss to Alabama.
    Roberto Nelson added 10 points for the Beavers (3-1), who squandered a 15-point cushion in the second half before taking over again in the final 2 minutes.
    Oregon State dominated the boards 47-36 and overcame a right knee injury to center Angus Brandt, who had nine points and nine rebounds. He left the game late in the second half and will be evaluated by doctors when the team returns home.
    Colorado 60, No. 16 Baylor 58
    At Charleston, S.C., Askia Booker scored 19 points and Colorado survived some dreadful foul shooting down the stretch to hold off Baylor at the Charleston Classic.
    California 72, Denver 61
    At Denver, Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Justin Cobbs had 17 and California pulled away in the final 12 minutes to beat Denver.
    Pepperdine 58,Washington State 56, OT
    At Malibu, Calif., Lorne Jackson hit back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch in regulation and added the game-winning basket with 12 seconds left in overtime as Pepperdine knocked off Washington State.
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