Oregon breaks away from D II Western Oregon 88-60

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It also might be that way for a while until the Ducks get their roles squared away.

Western Oregon shot 40-percent from three-point range in the first half on 6-of-15 shooting.

"For a long time there they played hard and played harder than we did", Altman said. "We jumped on them early, but then we were just real casual".

Mike Gesell scored a career-high 25 points and Iowa (10-3) handed Michigan State (13-1) its first loss of the season. Jordan Wiley and Andy Avgi each had 11. The Ducks never looked back, inflating their lead to as large as 31 and ending the game on a 20-5 run. "Because of our injury situation we might not determine roles throughout the month of January". The Wolves routed Willamette 85-50 in their most recent game and five of their last seven victories have been by 20 or more points. Wiley made two of the free throws and the Ducks went into the locker room leading 40-36. "They average 83 points a game, so you let a team like that back in and you're going to have your hands full". Ennis played four minutes in the first half, missing a pair of three-pointers.

Dorsey, along with Cook, made the big difference in the second half with 14 points. Tyler Dorsey led the Ducks with 25 points and eight rebounds.

"We were relaxing and slacking on defense, " Dorsey said.

Oregon's Dylan Ennis defends Western Oregon's Julian Nichols during the second half of an NC ...

When Oregon turned the basketball over on four of five possessions, Western closed within 35-27 on a pair of three-pointers by Jordan Wiley, a senior from McKenzie High School.

The Oregon Ducks beat Western Oregon, 88-60, Tuesday night in their final non-conference game.

This contest is Oregon's first since a 72-68 victory over Alabama on December 21 and the break has given freshman guard Tyler Dorsey an opportunity to fully recover from a left knee injury suffered on December 4.

Up Next: Oregon will open Pac-12 play this Sunday at Oregon State (4 p.m., FoxSports1). Altman said that Ennis is being held on a minutes limit - he played just 10 minutes tonight and shot 0-for-2 from the field - but his presence was a major confidence boost for the Ducks nonetheless. "We had a ten minute restriction on him tonight and we will slowly build that up but you can't rush him back". Chris Boucher attempted to steal the ball and accidentally fouled a Western Oregon player during the process.

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