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Pacific vs Oregon

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Following a subpar showing, Oregon managed to get its high-scoring offense back on track by surpassing the century mark for the second time this season the last time it took the court.

Now the 14th-ranked Ducks are hoping to improve on the defensive end during a stretch of three games in as many days.

Oregon looks to remain unbeaten Friday when it opens play in the Hardwood Challenge against a visiting Pacific team that has shown a scoring punch of its own during a perfect start.

After struggling to find a rhythm while scoring a season-low total in a 69-54 win over Utah Valley on Nov. 19, the Ducks (4-0) recaptured their shooting stroke in a 100-82 victory over high-scoring San Francisco on Sunday.

Elgin Cook led six players in double figures with a career-high 18 points off the bench, while Damyean Dotson added a season-high 17 and Jason Calliste had 16. The balanced attack helped Oregon overcome an off game from leading scorer Joseph Young (23.0 points per game), who finished with 12 and took only nine shots.

"We have a team that can run this year," said Dotson, a sophomore guard. "We're getting out and running, trying to get deflections and steals. On offense, we're executing and most of our points are coming off transition and fast breaks."

Oregon shot 55.0 percent and hit 11 of 19 from 3-point range, but it went 23 of 36 from the free-throw line against the Dons. After eclipsing 90 points twice last season, the Ducks have already scored 100 or more twice while ranking in the nation's top 20 with an 89.5 scoring average.

They might have to continue that production to stay undefeated against the Tigers (4-0), who are averaging 79.0 points on 45.9 percent shooting - including 24 of 59 from 3-point range.

Pacific scored 59 points while shooting 58 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from visiting Fresno State in Saturday's 86-77 victory.

Andrew Bock finished with a career-high 19 points, while Sama Taku had 16 and Khalil Kelley added a career-high 16 and 12 rebounds. Taku leads the team with 16.3 points per game.

"We really won this game in the second half, with great shooting from the field and the free-throw line," coach Ron Verlin told the team's official website. "I couldn't be happier for Khalil. He had a breakout game and really helped in the big runs that separated the game in the second half."

The Ducks will try to slow the Tigers after playing better defensively Sunday. They limited a San Francisco team that had shot 50.3 percent in its previous five games to a season-low 36.8.

Coach Dana Altman had criticized his team's defense after the win over Utah Valley.

''They're playing hard and trying to get there, but we just have a tremendous amount of work to do," said Altman, who recently had his contract extended through the 2019-20 season.

The Ducks take on North Dakota on Saturday and Cal Poly on Sunday, while the Tigers play Cal Poly on Saturday and North Dakota on Sunday.

Oregon has won six of eight all-time meetings with Pacific, including the last three by an average of 19.0 points.

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