Ducks get scare in final tuneup for Pac-12

EUGENE — E.J. Singler scored 12 points and Oregon survived a scare from Stephen F. Austin to win 55-45 Thursday in the Global Sports Hoops Classic.

Devoe Joseph also had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks (9-3), who ended their nonconference season with three wins in three nights.

"We're really looking forward to a break here and just clearing our minds and really getting prepared for the Pac-12 season," Singler said.

Jereal Scott had 16 points and six rebounds to pace the Lumberjacks (5-7), who were within a basket of Oregon's lead for most of the second half.

Leading 45-42 with 2:44 to play, the Ducks ended the game on a 9-3 run, getting all but two of those points from the free-throw line.

"We found a way to win the game and that is essential," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "However, we have to get some things ironed out."

The Ducks have struggled offensively the past week, averaging barely 60 points in their last four games. Thursday's total was their fewest points scored in a win this season and the second fewest overall.

"We're just grinding right now," said Singler, a former South Medford standout. "Our offense really isn't clicking right now. I don't know why."

Oregon led 35-31 at halftime, breaking a late 18-18 tie with seven straight points before Stephen F. Austin scored the final basket of the half.

Overall, Oregon shot 42 percent from the floor but went just 5 for 18 from the 3-point line one night after making a season-best 10 3-pointers against Prairie View A&M.

The Ducks also made just 61 percent (14 for 23) of their free-throw attempts but were 8 for 11 from the line down the stretch.

"Whenever the ball is not dropping for you and still get a win, you just got to walk away from it and half faith that it'll drop the next time," Joseph said.

Fortunately for Oregon, the Lumberjacks shot worse. They made just 36.5 percent (19 for 52) from the floor and 1 for 12 from 3-point range.

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