Oregon Basketball: No. 19 Ducks Hold Off Hoyas

Josh SachnoffContributor IIINovember 9, 2013

Oregon players hold trophy after winning the Armed Forces Classic.
Oregon players hold trophy after winning the Armed Forces Classic.Chris McGrath/Getty Images

No. 19 Oregon made a season-opening statement by holding off Georgetown 82-75 at Camp Humphreys in South Korea. 

After losing sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter for the first nine games of the season due to NCAA violations this week, Dana Altman’s squad was lifted by Houston transfer Joseph Young, who scored an impressive 24 points. 

The Ducks were able to get off to a quick 18-7 lead in the first half, but Georgetown clawed its way back into the game and were only down 37-34 heading into halftime. 

In the second half, the Hoyas took an early three-point lead with the help of UCLA transfer Joshua Smith, who scored 25 points and recorded four rebounds, and Markel Starks, who had 16 points. 

Oregon, though, was tough on the boards defensively and knocked down key jump shots on the offensive end. Young played a major role in the Ducks’ success, but UNLV transfer Mike Moser and Johnathan Loyd were big playmakers as well. 

Moser scored 15 points, recorded seven rebounds and had six steals, while Loyd scored nine points and had seven assists. 

The bench was a contributing factor too, as sixth man Jason Calliste scored 16 points and went a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. 

Oregon was able to hold a close lead almost the entire second half, and eventually put Georgetown away with 55 seconds remaining when Loyd knocked down two free throws to take a 77-71 lead. 

It’s the first time Oregon has been ranked in a preseason AP Top 25 poll since 2007. A win over a Hoya team that has made seven NCAA tournament appearances and averaged 23.9 wins since 2006 should be a big boost for this program heading forward. 

The Ducks will host Western Carolina on Nov. 13 at Matthew Knight Arena.