EUGENE, Ore. — A game that was 37-32 in Oregon’s favor with 18:33 left didn’t finish that close.
And giving up costly second-half runs have become a recurring theme for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Oregon went on a 20-2 rally to build a 13-point lead and kept its distance from UAPB to take an 80-59 victory Saturday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Five players scored in double digits for the Ducks (7-1), led by Carlos Emory’s 16 points. Emory hit 6 of 7 from the floor.
Mitchell Anderson scored a season-high 16 points to lead UAPB (1-6), which dropped its fourth straight game and concluded a string of three games against Pacific-12 teams. Davon Haynes added 12 points and Lazabian Jackson 10 for the Golden Lions.
UAPB fell behind 18-2 almost 7 minutes into the game, but twice pulled within five points after that. Anderson scored seven points during a 13-1 Lions run going into the second half that cut Oregon’s lead down to 37-32. It was 37-30 at halftime.
The Lions had one of their better shooting performances from the floor, hitting 23 of 51 shots for 45.1 percent, and knocked down 12 of 19 free throws for 63.2 percent, but they were cold again from the perimeter, hitting only 1 of 8. Oregon shot 29 of 59 (49.2 percent) from the floor and 18 of 22 (81.8 percent) in free throws, but was only 4 for 22 from the three-point arc.
UAPB returns to action Wednesday night when it plays at 14th-ranked Michigan State.