Facing a much stiffer challenge than Coppin State, Oregon had to dig in defensively against the Detroit Titans. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but Oregon’s defense and ability to rebound offensively carried them to an 83-66 win against the Titans. Joseph Young led all scorers with 22 points while Juwan Howard led Detroit with 18 in a losing effort.
The Ducks were able to withstand a paltry shooting night from Joseph Young who went 6-20 from the field including a 1-12 shooting performance from three. This came on the heels of Young simply lighting up the nets against Coppin State. While Young wasn’t particularly sharp, Jalil Absul-Bassitt and Dillon Brooks helped pick up the scoring load, adding 17 and 14 respectively. The 17 from Abdul-Bassit marked a career high for the guard.
“I thought he gave us a really big lift, he gave us some big offensive rebounds. I was really pleased with his effort,” said Head Coach Dana Altman.
While Oregon didn’t take care of the ball in the first half, they had a better control of things, only committing 5 turnovers in the second frame. Much of what had the game tied at half was Detroits’s ability to convert Oregon’s turnovers to points. The Titans only tallied 4 points off of turnovers in the second half as the Ducks were eventually able to pull away.
Even though the Ducks did not shoot well, it was a welcome change to see Oregon win a game that was gritty and tough. Oregon isn’t going to be able to shoot at a high percentage for all of their games and it is important that they can demonstrate an ability to win games like this.
Gatheringup offensive boards and being able to convert those into second chance points gave Oregon an advantage down the stretch. After getting just two second chance points in the first half, Oregon scored 11 while not allowing any for the Titans.
“We chased down some rebounds and got some second shots. That was a big part of the game. When you go 11-0 in second chance points, that is a really good statistic for you,” said Altman.
Oregon faces a tough Toledo team on Friday who will be returning 4 starters from a team who won 27 games a season ago. It will be a strange starting time at 4 PM but coach Altman would still like to see a larger turnout from Oregon fans and students.
“The students that came have been great. It’s an awkward time but we have to get a crowd and some energy in the building. Basketball has always been a home court sport,” said Altman
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