Joseph Young leads the way in blow out.

The Ducks' scorer torches the Eagles as the Ducks make easy work of Coppin State.

(PHOTO) Coppin State Eagles forward Dallas Gary (1) defends as Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) shoots the ball at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Joseph Young served notice Friday night that he is still a talented scorer in the conference. Young had 32 points on 11 of 14 shooting and added 8 assists to pace five Ducks scoring in double figures against Coppin State. A strong defensive showing added the Ducks in a 107-65 thrashing of the Eagles. CSU took an early lead but once Oregon took the lead at 25-24, they never gave it back as they stifled a squad who looked like they might shoot the lights out earlier in the game. Arnold Fripp lead Coppin State with 16.

“That was a great game. [Young’s] parents flew in today to see him play and I’m sure that got him going. I think he was really fired up to play. The 8 assists and one turnover is really good. He pushed the ball up the floor and really made some plays,” said Coach Dana Altman.

Early on, the Eagles made it appear that they may make a game out of it, starting off shooting at a torrid pace. They jumped out on the Ducks and took an 11-2 lead while the Ducks struggled to score from the field. Joseph Young responded and sparked the Oregon offense hitting a pair of three pointers to close the gap, making 6 of his 25 first half points in just under a minute. Despite the hot start for Coppin State, Oregon held them to 27 points in the first half and 6 of 28 shooting in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

“I felt like my team needed a spark. We picked up our intensity, I felt like I needed to make extra plays for my team and communicate. We took that task and we responded,” said Young.

Coppin State tried to get out and run with the Ducks but was simply unable to convert their chances into baskets, making only 31% from the field. Much of that was due to a stifling defense that forced 16 turnovers and converted those into 17 points. The Ducks also dominated fast break points outscoring the Eagles 37-14 in the category.

The second half was largely academic. Oregon was able to ride out much of the second frame as they extended their lead to 46 points. It seemed a bit of the defensive intensity waned some in the second half but that’s not unreasonable to see a bit of a letdown in a blowout like this game. Oregon did have a few highlight plays, headlined by Jalil Abdul-Bassit intercepting a pass and powering down a fast break dunk.

One major difference for this team in years past is their ability to rebound the ball. With Dillon Brooks, Dwayne Benjamin and Jordan Bell inside rebounding, it allows Oregon to run the break more effectively with the forwards rebounding and rebounding well. If this is a preview of things to come, this team could be a lot of fun to watch as the season progresses. For right now, they are 1-0 but have some very stiff challenges ahead of them in the next couple weeks. Those start with Detroit on Monday.

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