Irvine stymied in 91-63 loss to No. 13 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP)
UC Irvine coach Russell Turner found it hard to find many positives after the Anteaters were thrashed 91-63 by No. 13 Oregon on Tuesday night, and pointed to turnovers and lax defense.
''We got dominated,'' Turner said. ''That wasn't much fun. I give Oregon credit for that.''
Will Davis II had 20 points for the Anteaters (6-6) and Luke Nelson added 13 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Nelson is a freshman from England, but Turner said he wasn't surprised by his strong performance. ''He's going to have a very fine career,'' Turner said.
Mamadou Ndiaye, the tallest player in the nation at 7-foot-6, was limited by two early fouls, but the freshman finished with seven points, five rebounds and four blocks for the Anteaters.
''Mamadou has an impact on the game, both on offense and on defense when he's out there,'' Turner said.
Joseph Young scored 18 points and Mike Moser added 15 for Oregon, which improved to 10-0 for the first time since 2006-07, when they started 13-0 and went on to win the Pac-10 and advance to the Elite Eight.
The Ducks made six of their first seven 3-pointers and led 28-12 after Young hit a 3 with about nine minutes left in the first half.
The lead grew to as many as 21 points and Oregon entered the break leading 48-29.
The game was never in question in the second half as the margin ballooned past 30.
Young entered the game leading the Ducks with 19.4 points per game. He and Moser are among seven transfers on Oregon's roster.
The Ducks ranked second nationally in scoring at 89.1 points heading into Tuesday's game.
Dominic Artis, playing for the first time after a nine-game suspension, had five points and eight rebounds for Oregon. Artis and teammate Ben Carter were suspended for selling university-supplied apparel, a violation of NCAA rules. Artis led the Ducks with 3.2 assists per game last year as a freshman.
Oregon Coach Dana Altman said the addition of Artis and a deep roster is a ''great problem'' to have. ''It's a long season, and you have all kinds of adversity,'' he said.
With added depth, it's also easier to extend the defense with presses, Altman said.
''Having a lot of talent never seemed to be a problem on any team I've ever played on,'' Moser said.
UC Irvine was picked first in the Big West Conference preseason media poll for the first time in 12 years.
Last year, the Anteaters made the program's first postseason appearance in 11 years, beating High Point in the first round of the CIT before losing to Oral Roberts.
Chris McNealy added 14 points for UC Irvine, which had four players averaging double figures coming into the game.