EUGENE, OR (A-STATE) – No. 21 Oregon raced past the Arkansas State men’s basketball team 91-68 Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Redshirt-junior guard Devin Carter tied his career high with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Anthony Livingston posted his fourth-straight game with 10-plus rebounds as he pulled down 11 rebounds, his 19th career game with 10 or more boards.
The Red Wolves scored the first four points of the game on buckets by Christian Davis and Carter, but Oregon used a 15-2 run to take a nine-point advantage with 10:23 left in the first half. A tip-in by senior center Nouhoum Bocoum and back-to-back treys by Carter pulled A-State within two, 16-14, but the Ducks answered with a 6-0 run to gain an eight point lead.
After an and-1 by Thomas cut the Red Wolves deficit to 29-23 with 3:32 left in the half, Oregon went on a 9-2 run to hold a 13-point lead of 38-25 at the halftime break. A-State was hampered by 14 first half turnovers in addition to shooting 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) from the floor.
The Red Wolves were outscored 53-43 in the second half, but maintained a 46-40 edge on the glass. A-State scored the first four points of the second period, but a 15-2 run over five minutes sealed the game for the Ducks. With the 15-2 run, Oregon opened a 53-31 advantage with 13:35 remaining.
A-State was able to dwindle the lead down to 18 on two different occasions with less than 11 minutes remaining, but failed to get any closer. Dwayne Benjamin had 14 points in the second half on 5-of-10 shooting and finished with a game-high 25 points to lead Oregon. Three other players scored in double figures for the Ducks who shot 46.8 percent from the field.
A-State finished the night 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc, but 32.4 percent (23-71) from the floor. The Red Wolves committed a season high 21 turnovers that led to 22 points off turnovers for the Ducks. Oregon took advantage of 25 fouls on A-State to the tune of 40 free throw attempts while A-State was 16-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Arkansas State returns to action Friday, Nov. 27, with a 12 p.m. (CT) game at Baylor. The contest is being played as part of the Global Sports Shootout and is set to be televised by the Fox Sports Southwest.
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