EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon coach Dana Altman had a great start to the season Friday -- in more ways than one.After signing a new seven-year contract and three highly ranked high school recruits, Altman found a sold-out crowd of 12,364 eager to witness the beginning of his seventh season with the Ducks.Tyler Dorsey scored 21 points and freshman Payton Pritchard added 15 in his debut as No. 5 Oregon opened with a 91-77 victory over Army.Weve done some good things and been very fortunate with a good group of guys, said Altman, whose $18.45 million deal runs through the 2022-23 season. The crowd was fantastic and so were the students.Oregons previous high during its first five openers at Matthew Knight Arena was 6,262 fans three years ago.After leading by 20 points in the first half, the Ducks allowed the Cadets to close within nine three times before pulling away late on free throws. Oregon finished 28 of 34 at the line.Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher each had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks, who struggled offensively at times with preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks still sidelined following offseason foot surgery.We did a lot of good things early, Altman said. I was disappointed with our defense, especially in transition, in the second half.Weve got a tremendous amount of work to do, but I told our guys that Army was going to play really hard, and they did.The Ducks matched their arena record with 13 blocked shots, including six by Bell. Oregon reserve Roman Sorkin added four to go with his 12 points, both career highs.Oregon shot 45 percent, including 12 of 23 in the second half, though sixth-year senior Dylan Ennis, coming off a medical redshirt season, went scoreless while missing all eight shots from the field in his first start for the Ducks.Dylans not playing to his strengths and hes got a lot of work to do, Altman said. Hes too casual with the ball. He sat out 30 games and hes trying to make that up in one or two nights.Kennedy Edwards led Army with 17 points and Matthew Wilson added 10. The Cadets shot 39.4 percent and were 9 of 24 on 3-pointers.Oregon finished with a 42-30 edge in rebounds.BIG PICTUREOregon: The Ducks won their 19th consecutive home opener to run their school-record home winning streak to 26 games, fifth-longest in the nation. The crowd was the largest for an Oregon home opener.Army: The Cadets, with five new starters, were picked 10th in the Patriot League after finishing tied for fourth at 9-9 last season and going 18-12 overall.POLL IMPLICATIONSOregons No. 5 preseason ranking, its highest ever, could rise in the next poll after No. 3 Kansas lost in overtime to No. 11 Indiana. The other three teams ranked above the Ducks easily won their openers on Friday.TURNING POINTAfter Army pulled within nine for the last time, Oregon closed out the game by scoring 11 of its last 14 points at the foul line. The Ducks made their first 10 free throws, starting with two four-point plays.HIGHLIGHT REELBell, a 6-foot-9 junior who is already Oregons career leader in blocks, had six more, including part of a three-play sequence that had fans out of their seats in the second half. After taking a lob pass for a dunk, Bell swatted a shot at the other end, then a teammate found him wide open beyond the arc and he let fly, missing his third career 3-point try. He thought it was going in. I did, man, Bell said. I was feeling it. I was really feeling it.UP NEXTArmy returns to West Point to play Mount Saint Mary on Tuesday and Arkansas State next Saturday as Jimmy Allen looks for his first win as head coach.Oregon opens its road schedule Tuesday at Baylor, which lost to the Ducks 74-67 in Eugene last season. Oregon then hosts Valparaiso in another non-conference rematch on Thursday. Dallas Mavericks Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Custom Dallas Mavericks Jerseys . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. http://www.officialmavericksfanstore.com/kids-jalen-brunson-mavericks-jersey/ . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. 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His name might be relatively unfamiliar, but its a name worth keeping in mind as the Mariners try to make a charge for the playoffs. Paxton is coming into his own at the big league level, and he seems to be turning into a pitcher short on peers.Now, as anyone who has watched Yordano Ventura can tell you, theres more to pitching than just throwing hard. If you object to the Ventura reference, Nathan Eovaldi works well as a stand-in. Hitters can hiit bad fast pitches, and they can hit good fast pitches if they dont have to worry about anything else.dddddddddddd. Paxton is taking a step forward, and its about more than simply letting it fly. Name an area where a pitcher could improve and Paxton has probably improved at it.This is a starter who has been around since 2013. However, lat and finger injuries limited him to just 13 big league starts in each of the past two years. Already thats one improvement: This year, Paxton has been durable, with 23 starts between Triple-A and the majors. But let me show you what this breakout looks like in table form. There are 168 starting pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings in each of the past two seasons. (Paxton, for what its worth, has easily cleared those low marks.) Here you can see how Paxton has improved in three stats, and you can see his improvement rank among those 168: ' ' '