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The Associated Press
EUGENE — Former South Medford High standout E.J. Singler scored 21 points to lead Oregon past Southeast Missouri 86-61 on Sunday.
Garrett Sim scored 14 and Jeremy Jacob added 10 points for the Ducks (2-1), who put the game away with a 32-1 run midway through the game.
Tyler Stone led the Redhawks (1-3) with 20 points. Marland Smith had 12 points.
Oregon led 24-21 with 4:36 to play in the first half when Jacobs made a pair of free throws to start a 14-0 run that ended with Oregon up 38-21 at halftime.
That run grew to 21-0 in the opening minutes of the second half, and then eventually 32-1, making it 56-22 with 14:15 to play, and the Ducks' advantage was near 30 points the rest of the game.
Singler finished 8-for-10 from the field and was perfect on his two 3-point attempts and three free-throw tries. He also was tied for the game high with seven rebounds.
“I definitely felt I was in a rhythm,” Singler said. “The last couple of games I felt like I wasn't getting open.”
The Ducks improved measurably from the free-throw line and dramatically decreased their turnovers from the first two games.
They came in shooting 56 percent (34-for-61) from the foul line but made 20-of-25 free throws against the Redhawks. They also had just eight turnovers after committing 41 in their first two games.
“I think we just slowed down,” Singler said. “We really made up our minds that we're going to take care of the ball.”
Oregon center Tony Woods injured his right ankle early in the second half and was taken to the locker room for the rest of the game. Ducks coach Dana Altman said Woods would get the ankle X-rayed and that he probably won't play Wednesday at Nebraska.
Before the game, Oregon announced freshman Jabari Brown had left the team.
“He just came in yesterday and said he had decided to leave,” Altman said. “I will say right up front, I don't want him to leave. I did try to talk him out of it. I wanted him to reconsider. I hope he does reconsider. The door is still open. He is a good young man.”
Brown, a five-star guard from Oakland and the centerpiece of Altman's 2011 recruiting class, started his first two games for Oregon and averaged six points and two rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game.
“He hasn't gotten off to the start he wanted,” Altman said. “It's his decision and I want what's best for him, first of all, but I do want him in the program.”