The Ducks came home to defeat Portland State 81-59 to go to 4-2 on the season. The loss was the Vikings’ first setback thus far.
After a slow start, the Ducks used a 27-1 midway through the first half to blow the game open and it stayed that way. Portland St. was never in it from that point on.
Jalil Abdul-Bassit scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-8 from downtown. Joe Young also scored 19 and Dillon Brooks recorded his first of what should be many double-doubles of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Casey Benson added 13 and Jordan Bell filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 boards and six block shots.
DeShaun Wiggins came off the bench to lead the Vikings with 15 points for a team that had a rough night shooting the ball. As a team, PSU shot just 26 percent from the field on 17-of-66 shooting and just 4-of-20 from three-point range. The Vikings came into the game shooting 46 percent as a team, including making their threes at a 50 percent clip (30-of-60).
But Matthew Knight Arena’s hoops were not very kind to the Big Sky team. And this was a Portland State squad that went down to USC and handed the Trojans a 76-68 loss to begin the season.
Oregon will now host Concordia (Ore.) on Wednesday before seeing Ole Miss come to town on December 7th.
~ Don Smalley