Oregon downs North Dakota 91-76

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 30, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.



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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Joseph Young scored 23 points and No. 14 Oregon remained perfect this season with a 91-76 victory over North Dakota on Saturday in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge.

The Ducks improved to 6-0, extending their best start since opening the 2006-07 season with 13 straight wins.

Young, a junior transfer who was the leading scorer for Houston last season, has scored in double figures in all of Oregon's games this season.

Mike Moser, a transfer to Oregon from UNLV, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Ducks, who led by as many as 20 points.

Troy Huff had 25 points and nine rebounds for North Dakota, which pulled to within 81-70 on Jamal Webb's layup with 2:03 left.

After Johnathan Loyd hit a pair of free throws for the Ducks, Aaron Anderson's jumper for North Dakota make it 83-72. Lloyd made two more free throws and Anderson countered again with a layup, but that was as close as UND (2-3) would come. Anderson finished with 22 points.

It was the first meeting between the two schools.

The Ducks are the second nationally ranked team that North Dakota has faced this season. The team fell to then-No. 12 Wisconsin 103-85 in their second game this season.

The Ducks built an 18-7 lead midway through the first after Elgin Cook's tip shot. Loyd added a layup to extend it.

Oregon held a 26-12 lead when a foul was called on North Dakota's Shane Benton that coach Brian Jones didn't agree with. Jones held an animated argument with the ref well into a timeout. He was later called for a technical foul with one second left in the half.

The Ducks were hurt in the first half when sophomore starter Damyean Dotson appeared to injure his left ankle and had to be helped off the court. He did not return. Dotson was averaging 10. 8 points and 5.6 rebounds heading into the game.

Jalil Abdul-Bassit's 3-pointer made it 34-16 for the Ducks with just over five minutes to go and Oregon led 49-32 at the break. Young led all scorers with 17 points at the half.

Moser's tip-in gave the Ducks a 59-39 lead. Anderson hit a 3-pointer that got North Dakota as close as 63-50, then made a jumper that pulled his team to 74-60 with 6:41 to play.

Cook had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Oregon.

The Ducks opened up the tournament with an 85-62 victory over Pacific on Friday. North Dakota fell 70-43 to Cal Poly on Friday.

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Anne M. Peterson

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