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E.J. Singler, Oregon roll past Vanderbilt 74-48

E.J. Singler, Oregon roll past Vanderbilt 74-48

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - E.J. Singler scored 22 points and Oregon dominated Vanderbilt in a 74-48 victory Friday night.

Freshman guard Damyean Dotson had his third double-digit scoring game for the Ducks (3-0) with 10 points, and Tony Woods had 10 as well.

Kyle Fuller scored 17 points to pace the Commodores (1-1), who lost coach Kevin Stallings to an ejection with 15:57 to play after he was whistled for a pair of technical fouls for arguing with officials. Kedren Johnson added 14 points for Vanderbilt.

Oregon led 41-20 at halftime, and the Commodores never got closer than 14 points in the second half.

"We knew how big of a game this was for us as a collective unit, a test to kind of measure where we're at," said Singler. "We came out and really showed a good team effort."

The Ducks held a 17-14 lead midway through the first half before exploding for 24 points in the final 9:25, starting with an 11-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Dotson and a 3-pointer and jumper from Singler to make it 28-14 with 7:38 before halftime.

Fuller ended Vanderbilt's scoreless stretch with a layup with 6:41 to play in the half, but the Commodores didn't make another field goal the rest of the half, missing on their next six attempts.

The Ducks, meanwhile, were just heating up. They finished the first half on a 13-2 run, capped by a long 3-pointer from Johnathan Loyd as time expired.

"I thought we got a lot of fast-break points through that stretch, and I thought they got a little tired of us running up and down," said Singler, who also had six assists and five rebounds. "I thought we got some good easy looks and we kind of just broke it open from there."

"We just played poorly," said Stallings, who wouldn't comment on his ejection. "They knocked us back on our heels and we didn't respond very well."

Oregon shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and scored 16 points off 11 turnovers by the Commodores, who shot just 27 percent.

Overall, the Ducks outshot the Commodores 46 percent to 34 percent. Vanderbilt, which made 12 3-pointers in its season opener against Nicholls State, was just 4 of 21 from long range against Oregon.

"We knew they were going to shoot 3s coming in," Singler said. "That was a big emphasis on us this week, containing the 3 and not letting them get good open looks."

In his first game as a Duck, senior forward Arsalan Kazemi led the team with seven rebounds and added five points in 21 minutes.

Kazemi transferred to Oregon from Rice during the summer and sought a hardship waiver from the NCAA so he could play right away instead of sitting out a season. He was finally cleared to play Thursday.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins and leadership, D-line potential

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 21, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

How the addition of Alexander affects the Redskins' DB depth chart—Adonis Alexander was brought into the NFL about a week and a half ago and in five days he’ll be on the practice field in Richmond. How much will missing OTAs and minicamp hurt him in comparison to, say, his former Hokie teammate Greg Stroman? I think that the plan is for this to be a “redshirt” year for Alexander to learn. But that was supposed to be the plan for Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chase Roullier last year and both ended up playing key snaps. 

Can the Redskins defensive line live up to its potential? Many NFL fans don’t appreciate the value of having a good defensive line. Redskins fans are not in that group because they have seen what you get when you try to build a defensive line with over-the-hill veteran free agents, low draft picks, and undrafted players. Fans will value the talent, youth, and depth on the 2018 D-line.  

10 Questions in 10 days: LB depth chart—This is another area where the Redskins have not invested much in recent seasons. At least this year they stepped up and re-signed starters Mason Foster and Zach Brown. They are the present. Are Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons the future? 

The pass rush must continue to be a strength for the Redskins—With the picture at the cornerback position is somewhat murky right now, the pass rush will be critical, especially in the early going. The outside linebackers lost a key reserve, putting the burden on Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan to continue to get pressure on Ryan Anderson to take a leap forward in his second season. 

Tweet of the week

Well, this tweet did sort of stir things up as did some of the things that Cousins said in an article by Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report. The thing about Twitter is that there is no room for nuance. I was labeled a Kirk “hater” by some. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. On multiple occasions, I urged the team to sign him long term and highlighted the positive aspects of his play. 

But this thing about not having a “platform” to lead always struck me as a cop-out. Cousins talked about it during some press conferences while he was here. The length of your contract should not prevent you from embracing a leadership role. You’re getting paid to lead, just do it. Few in leadership positions in business or in the military know where they will be a year from now. They embrace the role while they have it and Cousins should have done the same. 

The fact that I don’t like this one aspect of Cousins doesn’t mean that I don’t like him overall. He’s a good quarterback and I think he will have success with the Vikings. I think that the price got to be too much for the Redskins and the decision to move on to Alex Smith was sound or at least the best they could do after it became apparent that he was not going to sign here. But it’s not all one or the other. It is possible to see the positive and negative of Cousins. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline

Mike Sellers, whose seven receiving touchdowns in 2005 were the most by a Redskins running back since the merger, was born on this date in 1975.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 5
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 19
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 42

The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 50 days. 

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond.