Kazemi leads Ducks past UTSA Roadrunners
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Arsalan Kazemi had his best game of the season with 20 points and six rebounds to lead Oregon past UTSA 95-78 Thursday night.
Dominic Artis also scored 16 and center Tony Woods, who didn't start for the first time this season, came off the bench and scored 15 points for the Ducks (6-1), who shot 63 percent from the field.
Woods' replacement, Waverly Austin, had 10 points.
Edrico McGregor scored 19 to lead the Roadrunners (3-3), who also shot 56 percent from the field. Michael Hale III added 18 points and Kannon Burrage had 17.
Kazemi, a one-year senior forward from Rice who had to sit out the Ducks' first two games of the season waiting for the NCAA to clear his transfer, made 8 of 9 from the field. He also had five steals, four assists and three blocks.
His previous season-best was nine points against Cincinnati last Saturday.
"Every game that goes by I get better, and I feel more comfortable with my new teammates," said Kazemi, who averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in his three years with the Owls.
Kazemi's dunk with 16:23 to play started an 8-0 run for Oregon after the Roadrunners had trimmed a 53-40 second-half deficit to 60-55. The Roadrunners never got closer than 10 points after that.
"Arsalan created a lot of havoc," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "I was really pleased with his effort."
The 6-foot-7 Kazemi, 6-11 Woods and 6-11 Austin led the Ducks' efforts to score inside where they had a noticeable size advantage on UTSA, which didn't play anyone taller than 6-8 forward Jeromie Hill.
Oregon outscored the Roadrunners 62-32 in the paint.
"They were a little bit smaller in size," Woods said, adding that they put emphasis on getting the ball in the paint.
Woods, sidelined by foul trouble, had just nine points in 16 minutes combined against UNLV and Cincinnati last weekend. He gave a more composed effort Thursday. He shot 6 for 10 from the floor and had a pair of blocks and only three fouls.
"My mentality is still to do whatever I can to help my team win the game," Woods said. "I just tried to stay conscious of keeping my hands up because I want to play."
Artis, a freshman point guard, also had his best game of the season, making 7 of 8 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. He also had four assists and three steals.
The Roadrunners got off to a hot start, scoring on nine of their first 11 shots to lead 21-18 with 13:45 to play in the first half.
But the Ducks followed with a 15-0 run to jump in front 33-21 by the 9:26 mark and they led 51-40 at halftime.