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Oregon Men's Basketball: Oregon's Fast start tames Mustangs

Oregon comes out firing as they put away Cal Poly

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon used a balanced attack and hot shooting to pull away from the Cal Poly Mustangs Sunday night. The Ducks had 5 players in double figures. Elgin Cook and Richard Amardi each had 14 off the bench while Joseph Young, Johnathan Loyd and Damyean Dotson all contributed 13.

Oregon also enjoyed a decided edge on the glass as they outrebounded the Mustangs 35-27, Elgin Cook again contributing on the offensive glass with timely rebounds which aided in 15 second chance points for the Ducks in their 82-61 win. Forward Brian Bennett led the Mustangs with 11 in a losing effort.

"We've got 6,7,8 guys who can go off for double figures  in scoring on any given night and I think that helps us in the long run because you can't just focus on taking one guy away from us. I think it makes us tougher to prepare for," said Assistant Coach Tony Stubblefield after the game.

The long ball was working early for the Ducks as three different Ducks combined for 7-13 shooting from behind the arc. 3 of them came from Johnahan Loyd who paced the scoring with 11 first half points.

Both teams started out aggressively finding their way to the basket and scoring seemingly at will, but it was Oregon who was able to keep up their scoring pace as they

The Ducks also saw a rebound advantage in the first half which has been uncommon as the Ducks work through the early part of their schedule. Damyean set the tone early, flying in to grab the boards in the first half and Richard Amardi responded leading the Ducks with 6 boards off the bench.

While the Ducks struggled with turnovers a night before, the Ducks only turned the ball over 5 times and only two of those were what could be called unforced errors.

"We just made simple plays and didn't try to force anything," said Dotson "We were just running our plays, not trying to do anything crazy."

The Ducks now go on the road to face Mississippi and many are looking forward to what will be a potential shoot-out between Joseph Young and the mercurial scorer Marshall Henderson. The Rebels are undefeated like Oregon and it will be important for the Ducks to take care of the ball on the road if they hope to continue their string of success.