Eugene, OR – The Oregon Ducks continued their tune-up games leading up to the Pac-12 schedule. Today the Delaware State Hornets came to town. The Hornets came off a 72-64 win over St. Francis (NY) in which their 6’3 guard Amere May poured in an NCAA individual season-high 48 points. We viewed the Hornets last weekend in a 83-44 loss to Rhode Island. That wasn’t pretty.
Oregon started off strongly for a change, pulling out to a 16-3 lead. Delaware State hung in through most of the first half which ended with a 38-27 Oregon lead. The Ducks held a double-figure lead for much of the second half. Delaware State (5-7) cut the lead to ten (74-64) with two minutes remaining before Oregon (8-3) closed out the 83-70 win. Joseph Young led Oregon with 23 points, seven rebounds and one assist. May led the Hornets with 16 points while 6’7 Tyshawn Bell scored 15.
Freshman Casey Benson was given a start and played well at the point. It seems that the Oregon coaching staff realizes that Young shoots, and generally plays, much better without primary ball-handling responsibilities. In this game Young continued his improved long-distance shooting, hitting 5-of-10 attempts. Benson had seven assists against only two turnovers in his 23 minutes on the court. Elgin Cook added a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Jahlil Abdul-Bassit (12) and Ahmaad Rorie (10) also scored in double figures. Freshman Dillon Brooks had his first off-game, scoring only seven points on 2-of-8 shooting. Brooks, the Pac-12’s leading frosh scorer had scored in double-figures in all ten of the Ducks previous games.
Oregon finishes the non-conference portion of their schedule with slightly tougher competition as UCSB visits Eugene 12/22 and UC-Irvine comes in on 12/29.
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