E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi Power Oregon Through the Washington State Cougars, 68-61

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Singler takes control in the second half to save the Ducks' bacon as they improve to 17-2 on the season.

After sweeping the Los Angeles schools and rising to #16 in the nation, Oregon didn't expect to be down 44-38 to the Washington State Cougars midway through the second half. Thankfully, E.J. Singler brought his cape and tights with him to Matthew Knight Arena.

The senior forward had 19 points – 14 in the second half – and completely took over the game for Oregon when it was in desperate need of a spark.

"I was just feeling it," Singler said. "Some of the guys gave me some good passes, I knocked down some shots, and that just kind of got me going. From there, coach just ran some plays for me."

Senior Arsalan Kazemi also had a stellar night for the Ducks with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and freshman Damyean Dotson answered the bell with 11 and 9 for the Ducks, who maintain their one-game lead in the Pac-12.

"They really took it to us the first half, out-rebounded us, out-fought us, they won almost every stat," head coach Dana Altman said. "Second half was a lot different. Thought our guys' energy was a lot better."

"We were a step slow, not sure the reason for that, but we weren't prepared to play."

Much of the first half was dominated by the Cougars getting wide-open looks from three, going 7/13 from deep. In the second half however, Washington State went Pullman-cold from beyond the arc, missing all 12 of their attempts.

"We didn't have the energy on the defensive end, and we know we can't win the game like that," Kazemi said. "Obviously we're not happy with the effort we gave in the first half."

The Ducks went into the half down 10 and without a shred of momentum. Altman, known for his animated on-court demeanor, wasn't shy with his team in the locker room, and it paid off with a 10% increase in shooting percentage along with a decided rebounding advantage.

"We told them we were upset, disappointed," Altman said. "We've got a group of seniors that want to do something special, they have to get their team ready. We talked about that, talked about all the stats we were down on...there was plenty to talk about."

"We knew we weren't playing up to our best, and (Altman) kind of got after us at halftime," Singler added.

Led by Singler and Kazemi, Oregon came out on a 17-7 run to start the second half and after some back-and-forth, the Ducks pulled away with heightened defensive effort and a pair of thunderous slams by Carlos Emory that blew the roof off of the arena.

Oregon returns to the court on Saturday afternoon against the Washington Huskies at 4 PM. While shaky at times this season, the Huskies have only one Pac-12 loss this season (going into tonight's game at Oregon State), and it will be a different beast for the Ducks acting as the favored squad.

"It's gonna be hard, but part of it is our senior's job to pick up our leadership a little bit," Kazemi said. "We've got to step it up and can't let that happen again."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Addicted To Quack

You must be a member of Addicted To Quack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Addicted To Quack. You should read them.

Join Addicted To Quack

You must be a member of Addicted To Quack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Addicted To Quack. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker