Emory leads Oregon over Pack
EUGENE, Ore – Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 13 points each for Oregon, which will take a perfect home record into the new year following a 56-43 win against Nevada on Monday night.
Dominic Artis scored 10 for Oregon (11-2), which has won 16 straight at Matthew Knight Arena, including all 10 games this season.
Emory, who started the second half in place of injured forward Arsalan Kazemi, scored nine of his 13 points after halftime. His 3-pointer with 9:26 to play snapped an 8-0 run by the Wolf Pack who had cut the Ducks’ double-digit lead to 39-33. Emory’s shot sparked a 14-4 run which put Oregon up 53-37 with 6:05 to play.
“When he’s really focused, he’s really good,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said of Emory. “He’s had a good week of practice and I think that led to a good performance tonight.”
Despite missing his first nine shots from the field, Deonte Burton scored 12 to lead Nevada (9-6), which had won five straight.
Kazemi, the Ducks leading rebounder, left the game with 2:01 left in the first half after taking an accidental elbow to the head from Emory under the Nevada basket. He didn’t return to the Oregon bench in the second half.
“I think he’s OK,” Altman said. “He was in the locker room and I didn’t have a chance to talk to him too much. He was walking, looked fine.”
It was a sloppy game for both teams, with the Ducks recording 20 turnovers which led to 20 points for the Wolf Pack, and Nevada shooting just 28.1 from the field, including 19.4 percent in the first half.
Oregon led 25-14 at halftime – a season-low in points scored and allowed for the Ducks in the first half this season.
But Oregon ended the first half on a 6-0 run and then opened the second half on an 11-3 run to take a 36-17 advantage.
“We started making plays for each other,” Oregon forward E.J. Singler said. “Nothing else really changed, we just started playing with more focus each other. That was our drive and it made a difference.”