Young leads Oregon past Coppin State, 107-65
EUGENE — Joseph Young scored 32 points to go along with eight assists and Oregon rode 33-1 run to close out the first half to a 107-65 victory over Coppin State on Friday night.
It was the 17th straight win in a home opener for the Ducks (1-0), who led 27-26 before taking 60-27 advantage into halftime behind Young's 25 first-half points. The 6-foot-2 senior, Oregon's only returning starter, scored 14 points over the final 3:39 of the first half.
Elgin Cook added 15 points for the Ducks, and four freshmen combined for 45 points. Dillon Brooks had 14 points, Casey Benson 13 and Ahmaad Rorie scored 10. Jordan Bell added eight points and 12 rebounds.
Arnold Fripp, one of five senior starters for the Eagles (0-1), led Coppin State with 16 points, and Javhari Josiah added 11.
Theo Friedman's 3-pointer with 3:48 to play gave Oregon its largest lead at 102-56.
Young first sparked the Ducks with an assist on Elgin Cook's dunk that gave Oregon its first lead at 25-24 with 11:45 left in the half. Then two more Young assists triggered a withering 28-0 run that pushed the lead to 55-26.
Coppin State, which made eight of its first 12 shots from the field, was just 2-for-20 over the next 13 ½ minutes.
The 32 points were five off Young's career high, and his eight assists were one shy of his best at Oregon.
After making just one of their first five shots, the Ducks finished 41 of 73 for the game for 56.2 percent, and they made 14 of 23 from 3-point range. Young led the way, going 6 for 8.
Oregon took advantage of 16 turnovers by Coppin State and held 37-14 edge in fast-break points.