Eugene, OR – The Portland State Vikings came into Eugene looking to win their fifth straight game of the young season. It wasn’t to be as the Vikings were outclassed by Oregon as the Ducks coasted to a 92-65 win. Reserve guard Jahlil Abdul-Bassit came out on fire, scoring all 19 of his points in the first half, hitting 5-of-6 early three-pointers. Oregon (4-2) rebounded from suffering losses to Michigan and VCU in Brooklyn earlier in the week.
The Ducks once again played with only seven scholarship players as starter Dwayne Benjamin missed the game with a sprained ankle he suffered in Brooklyn. Benjamin is day-to-day but was not needed tonight nor will it be necessary to suit him up against Concordia on Wednesday.
Joseph Young looked better tonight than he did in Brooklyn, filling the stat sheet with 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals while limiting his turnovers to two. Young still in a long-distance shooting slump, going 1-of-7 tonight. All the freshman played well tonight. Casey Benson started in place of Benjamin and scored 13 points on 3-of-4 long distance shooting, hitting a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to give the Ducks a 50-30 halftime lead. Benson did not commit a turnover. Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell both contributed double-doubles. Brooks had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Bell was active inside finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
DeShaun Wiggins, who made it out to Portland from The Bronx, NY by way of Eastern Utah and Howard junior colleges, led Portland State with 15 points. Both teams limited their turnovers (Oregon with 11 and Portland State with nine). Oregon had a +6 rebounding edge and shot 50 percent from the field mostly a result of their athletic guards ability to penetrate. The Vikings had a rough night from the field shooting 25.8 percent, including only 4-of-20 from long distance.
Oregon will face Concordia on Wednesday before the schedule gets tougher with a home game against Mississippi and a trip to Chicago to face Illinois.
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