After an impressive victory over the Runnin’ Rebels on friday night, the Ducks suffered a 77-66 loss against the No.22 Cincinnati Bearcats in the championship round of the Global Sports Classic. This loss also marks their first of the season.
The Bearcats’ starting guards, Cashmere Wright, Ja’Quon Parker, and Sean Kilpatrick, directed the course of the game with a combined score of 44 points. The trio also combined for 7 steals and 13 rebounds. Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis had a difficult time creating momentum, especially with the superb defense by the combo guards of the Bearcats. Our combo was only able to generate a combined score of 14 points and 4 assists, well below the average they held for the first five games.
Oregon was able to generate points inside but couldn’t overcome the timely points scored by the guards of Cincinnati. Carlos Emery led Oregon with 15 points and nine rebounds, once again making a statement for a starting spot. E.J. Singler also added 11 points while Arsalan Kazemi dominated the boards with 15 rebounds.
The Ducks fall to 5-1 but come away as the runner-up in the tournament. Despite the loss, the Ducks were able to show us a tremendous improvement from last year throughout the first six games. The Ducks will get back on their home court on Thursday against Texas-San Antonio. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Arsalan Kazemi started his first game for the Ducks and had a successful showing in the paint. The power forward led the team with 13 rebounds and nine points, along with his three steals.
The Bearcats had four players score in double figures. Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker had 16 points apiece, and Titus Rubles scored 13.