Friday, November 24, 2017

Oregon's 'off game' still boosts nation's-best scoring


EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon coach Dana Altman said there probably isn't a team in the country satisfied with how it's playing right now and his is no different.

The 12th-ranked Ducks just look better doing it than most.

Joseph Young scored 24 and Oregon continued its best start in eight seasons with a 97-76 victory Sunday over Morgan State.

Richard Amardi had a season-high 16 points in his first start of the season, and Damyean Dotson scored 15 for the Ducks (12-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 in 2006-07.

Oregon opens Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday at Utah, and Altman said there are many areas the Ducks need to improve.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Altman said, a sentiment echoed by Young and Jalil Abdul-Bassit.

"I didn't think we did too good," Young said. "We didn't take a step like we needed to."

And yet, it was plenty good enough for a 21-point win.

Oregon, the national scoring leader coming in, increased its average to 90.8 points per game and was a 3-pointer from a school-record fifth 100-point game this season.

Six Ducks scored seven or more points, and Oregon shot 54 percent from the field overall, 7-for-15 from 3-point range and 22-for-26 from the free throw line.

Young, who had three 3-pointers, was 9-for-13 from the field and Amardi made all but one of his nine shots.

"They're really good," Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman said. "There's a reason why they're undefeated. … They can sub in five guys and there's not that big a drop-off."

No. 10 Wichita St. 81, Davidson 70: Cleanthony Early had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Shost hockers (13-0) extended the best start in school history.

UConn women roll early, stay perfect

STORRS, Conn. — Breanna Stewart had a double double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to a 67-34 win over Cincinnati in the teams' first matchup as members of the American Athletic Conference.

Connecticut (13-0, 1-0) won despite being held 19 points below its season average. The Huskies held the Bearcats scoreless for the game's first six minutes and led 16-0.

No. 2 Notre Dame 70, Oregon St. 58: Kayla McBride scored 20, Natalie Achonwa added 16 and the visiting Irish (11-0) prevailed despite a school-record-tying nine blocks by the Beavers' Ruth Hamblin. Sophomore Jewell Loyd, last year's national freshman of the year, had 10 points for the Irish, 8.5 below her team-leading average coming in.

No. 5 Tenn. 110, Lipscomb 42: Isabelle Harrison had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the host Vols (11-1) went on a 17-0 run early.

No. 6 Ky. 109, Grambling 46: Bria Goss scored a career-high 23 as the host Wildcats (12-1) set a season high for first-half points in taking a 60-19 lead against Grambling State, which only dressed seven players.

No. 7 Louisville 71, SMU 51: Shoni Schimmel scored 18 as the host Cardinals (13-1) opened American Athletic Conference play and won their sixth in a row.

No. 8 Md. 103, Col. of Charleston 51: Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 and grabbed her 1,000th rebound as the host Terrapins (12-1) won the Terrapin Classic championship game.

No. 11 Okla. St. 90, Texas-Pan Am 48: Liz Donohoe scored 21 and gathered 16 rebounds for the host Cowboys (11-0).

No. 12 Colo. 75, So. Utah 59: Arielle Roberson scored 18 and had 12 rebounds to offset 1-for-13 3-point shooting woes for the host Buffaloes' (9-1).

No. 15 Penn St. 70, Hartford 56: Maggie Lucas scored 18 for the host Nittany Lions (9-3), who pulled away with an early second-half run.

No. 18 Neb. 89, Oral Roberts 53: Jordan Hooper scored 30, and the host Cornhuskers (10-2) went on a 24-0 run to start the game and led 62-25 at halftime.

No. 23 Cal 77, Lafayette 60: Reshanda Gray scored 20 and the host Bears (8-3) went on second-half runs of 13-2 and 10-0 to break open a close game.

No. 25 Okla. 66, Samford 35: Morgan Hook scored 12 and the host Sooners (9-4) pulled away with a 25-5 run.


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