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Young & Abdul-Bassit score 19 and Oregon easily handles Portland State 81-59


EUGENE, Oregon — Jalil Abdul-Bassit scored all 19 of his points in the first half as Oregon roared away early to an 81-59 victory over Portland State on Sunday night.

Joseph Young also had 19 points for the Ducks (4-2), who had five players in double figures and snapped a two-game losing streak. Dillon Brooks had 16 points, 12 in the second half, and Casey Benson finished with 13 and Jordan Bell 10.

DaShaun Wiggins led the Vikings (4-1) with 15 points off the bench, and Bryce White and Braxton Tucker added 10 each.

Starting three freshmen and no one taller than 6-foot-6, Oregon blocked 12 shots and held Portland State to season-low 25.8 percent shooting (17 of 66).

Brooks' season-high 14 rebounds led the Ducks, whose largest lead was 73-46. Bell's 10 rebounds also gave him a double-double.

The Vikings started their season with a 76-68 victory at USC, the first in nine tries for coach Tyler Geving against a Pac-12 opponent, but they were no match for the Ducks after the first three minutes and 40 seconds.

Portland State opened a brief 8-2 lead before Oregon took control on both ends of the floor.

After missing their first four three-point attempts, the Ducks made five of their next seven — including four straight by Abdul-Bassit - to fuel a 27-1 run.

During the seven-minute blitz, the Vikings misfired on all 14 of their shots from the field and had five blocked to fall behind 29-9.

Abdul-Bassit finished the half shooting 6-for-7 and had five 3s - the last of the circus variety that he banked home from the right of the key.

After starting 0 of 5, Oregon went 17 of 28 and closed out the half on Casey Benson's pullup 3 at the buzzer for the Ducks' second 20-point lead at 50-30.

Meanwhile, Portland State was just 8 of 34, thanks in part to the Ducks' seven blocks, three by their tallest player, the 6-foot-9 Bell, off the bench.

Young, who missed his first three shots and finished 6 of 17 from the field, heated up for 11 points by the half.



Portland State: The Vikings were just 4 of 20 from 3-point range and were outscored 18-2 in fast-break points. White led the Vikings in rebounds with eight. No Viking had more than two assists.

Oregon: Sunday's victory started a stretch of 10 of 11 games at home for the Ducks, including their first three of the Pac-12 Conference season. The lone exception is a game in Chicago on Dec. 13 against Illinois. Young made six more free throws to give him 36 in a row to start the season.


Portland State is at Portland on Wednesday night.

Oregon hosts Concordia (Ore.) on Wednesday night.

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