Ducks deny Huskers

Oregon overcomes uneven offensive performance with lockdown defensive effort
Oregon's E.J. Singler, left, and Tony Woods, bottom, defend Nebraska's Mike Peltz during Saturday's game in Eugene.AP

EUGENE — Oregon center Tony Woods scored 14 points and the Ducks overcame a sluggish performance on offense to defeat Nebraska 60-38 on Saturday.

Forward Arsalan Kazemi also had 10 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Ducks, who started the week one spot out of the Top 25.


RECAP: Tony Woods scores 14 points and Arsalan Kazemi records his 47th career double-double to help Oregon rout Nebraska.

UP NEXT: Wednesday, Oregon at Texas-El Paso, 5 p.m.

With the win, Oregon improved to 9-1 overall and 8-0 at home, its best home start since the 2007-08 season..

Former South Medford High standout E.J. Singler scored 13 for the Ducks, who were held 19.4 points below their season average, including a season-low point total in the first half, though Oregon still led 27-18 at the break.

"Well, we probably set the game back about 10 years there," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Our shooting and ball movement wasn't what we wanted. It was a win, but we didn't take the step we needed to. We've got a long ways to go."

The Ducks also missed on their first 11 3-point attempts before Singler made a pair in the final seven minutes of the game.

Oregon had 16 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.

But led by Woods, who was 7 of 11 from the field with four dunks, and Kazemi, the Ducks dominated inside, outscoring the Cornhuskers 40-12 in the paint, and outrebounding them 41-25.

"I'm just playing with confidence and feeling good about my offense," said Woods, who scored six straight midway through the first half to give Oregon an 18-6 lead.

Dylan Talley scored 11 points to lead the Cornhuskers (6-3), who shot just 30.6 percent from the floor with 16 turnovers while scoring a season low.

For the second straight game, the Ducks held an opponent to under 20 points in the first half and under 40 for the game. They defeated Idaho State 87-35 on Dec. 8.

Still, Woods wasn't impressed with Oregon's efforts on defense.

"We didn't do that great of a job," he said. "We have a lot of room for improvement. We gave up some shots, shots that we discussed they would take in practice."

It didn't seem to help Nebraska.

Oregon opened the second half on a 10-2 run to go up 37-20, and the Cornhuskers never could get closer than 11 points.

"We know that was a really important game, and we were practicing really hard the last couple of days," Kazemi said. "We picked it up in the second half. . We wanted to push the pace and that's what we did in the second half."

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