Ducks Survive Scare From ‘Jacks

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Ducks went on a 10-3 run to close out the game and escaped with a 55-45 win over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in the finale of the Global Hoops Showcase at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Lumberjacks (5-7) led for the majority of the first half and never trailed by more than seven in the second half until the game's final minutes when the Ducks (9-3)converted free throws to pull away late. SFA hit just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc and shot just nine free throws on the night while the Ducks had 14 more attempts from the line and connected on five threes.

Jereal Scott once again led the 'Jacks in scoring for the sixth time in SFA's last seven games, finishing with a game-high 16 points and six rebounds as the Lumberjacks outscored the Ducks 26-18 in the paint. Hal Bateman finished with eight points and three steals in 23 minutes off the bench.

SFA was as close as one point late in the second half, but the 'Jacks missed consecutive shots from three-point land while the Ducks answered on the other end with buckets on two straight possessions to push its lead back to five and never let SFA back to within less than three points in the game's final minutes.

EJ Singler led the Ducks with a dozen points, doing most of his damage in the second half after Devoe Joseph was the offensive spark in the first half with 10 points. He did not score in the second half.

The Lumberjacks led for the majority of the first half before Singler hit a layup to put the Ducks ahead 17-16 at the 4:27 mark of the period. SFA held Oregon scoreless for more than seven minutes of the half and led by as much as five points after a 6-0 run that ended with a bucket from Taylor Smith.

Scott had six of his points in the opening half as the 'Jacks hit 41.7 percent from the floor, but just one night after hitting 17-for-20 from the free throw line against North Carolina Central, SFA did not take a single shot from the charity stripe in the game's opening 20 minutes.