Ducks pull away with second-half surge

EUGENE — Garrett Sim and former South Medford standout E.J. Singler scored 13 points each and Oregon overcame horrid shooting to defeat North Carolina Central 58-45 on Tuesday night in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

Devoe Joseph scored 10 points and Olu Ashaolu had nine rebounds for the Ducks (7-3), who made just six of their first 30 shots.

That included 20 percent (5 of 25) in the first half — the Ducks' worst of the season — though they still led 21-18 at the break.

"We've got some work to do there," said Oregon coach Dana Altman, who also had plenty of praise for the Ducks' defensive efforts and their 20-for-22 performance from the free throw line.

"There were a lot of positives tonight. I think we took a step in the right direction."

Oregon finally had an offensive breakthrough with 12:40 left and the score tied 28-28.

Joseph hit a 3-pointer to spark the Ducks on a 19-3 run to make it 47-31 with 6:42 left. Oregon was 7 of 11 during that stretch and finished 16 for 49 (33 percent).

"I think we settled down a little bit offensively and got some good looks for each other," said Sim, who was 5 for 7.

Ray Willis had 11 points and Jeremy Ingram 10 for the Eagles (5-6), who were held nearly 38 points below their season average of 83.1, which ranks 10th nationally. They shot just 30 percent (18 for 61) and were 3 for 19 from 3-point range.

"We really wanted to focus on the defensive end tonight," Sim said. "Offensively, there's some things to get better at, but I think there's a lot to take away from this game with our intensity and the way we played together."

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