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Ducks open season with easy win

EUGENE — Teondre Williams scored a career-high 19 points and Oregon defeated Winston-Salem State 94-43 in the BTI Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at McArthur Court.

Williams, a 6-foot-4 guard who played sparingly as a freshman last season, scored 17 of his points in the first half on 7-of-10 shooting.

Freshman E.J. Singler had a solid collegiate debut with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting in 12 minutes of play. The former South Medford High standout and Class 6A state player of the year also shared team-high honors with four assists and also pulled down three rebounds to go with one steal.

Shelton Carter led Winston-Salem State (0-1) with 14 points.

Garrett Sim also scored 13 for the Ducks (1-0), who trailed 7-3 five minutes into the game before ending the half on a 53-8 run to lead 56-15 at the break. Williams and freshman guard Jamil Wilson got things started for Oregon, combining on the first 13 of what became 27 straight points to give the Ducks a 30-7 advantage before the Rams scored again.

Wilson, a 6-7 guard and Oregon's top recruit this offseason, had a pair of 3-pointers during that run, and Williams added a 3-pointer as well.

Williams, whose previous single-game best was seven points, closed out the first half with pair of highlight-reel dunks on consecutive possessions.

The Ducks let up only slightly after halftime. The Rams scored the first basket of the second half on a 3-pointer by Carter, but Oregon scored the next 14 points to lead 70-18 with 13:13 to play.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67, Oregon State 43

At Lubbock, Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Kevin Palmer scored 23 points to lead the Islanders past the Oregon State Beavers.

Palmer led the Islanders with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Terence Jones finished with 11 points in his first game as an Islander, while Demond Watt added 10.

Forward Seth Tarver led the Beavers with 12 points as Oregon State struggled from the floor, shooting just 32 percent from the field. They shot less than 40 percent from the line and turned the ball over 25 times.

Washington State 94, MVSU 66

At Pullman, Wash., Klay Thompson scored 20 points as Washington State beat Mississippi Valley State in the season opener for both teams.

DeAngelo Casto added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars defeated the Delta Devils for the third straight time.

Sophomore guard Michael Harthun, a former South Medford High standout, scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 17 minutes of action.