Oregon defeats Toledo 78-68
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Joseph Young scored 24 points and Oregon parlayed its 20-7 edge at the foul line into a 78-68 victory over Toledo on Friday night.
Young shot 7-for-13 from the field and made all seven of his free throws to lead four Ducks (3-0) in double figures.
Elgin Cook had one double-double for Oregon with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwayne Benjamin added another with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Dillon Brooks also had 10 points for the Ducks.
Julius Brown led the Rockets (1-2), who lost their second consecutive game, with 19 points. J.D. Weatherspoon added 14 points and Jonathan Williams had 13.
The victory was the 100th for coach Dana Altman, who is now 100-47 in his fifth season at Oregon.
The Ducks pushed a 36-34 halftime lead to 10 points on four occasions – three times on dunks through the heart of the Toledo defense – and led by 12 on Cook’s driving layup with 1:03 left.
Oregon finished with a 46-36 edge in rebounds and blocked seven Rocket shots. Still, the Ducks’ biggest advantage came at the foul line where they went 20 of 24 to just 7 of 13 for Toledo
The Rockets’ leading scorer in their first two games, center Nathan Boothe, had the game’s first two points and wasn’t heard from again before fouling out with 7:16 left to play.
Boothe and his backup, Zach Garber, combined for just four points and seven rebounds before both fouled out.
Brown ignited the Rockets’ offense in the first half with four 3-pointers and 14 points. The Ducks countered with Young, who had 13 points and two big 3s to close out the half.
Oregon opened a 25-20 lead, its largest of the half, but that was erased when Toledo ran off nine consecutive points, the last five by Weatherspoon.
Weatherspoon’s short bank shot capped his own seven-point run for a 31-28 Toledo lead before Young shook loose twice in the final minute of the half. His second 3 with 10 seconds before the half was the game’s ninth and final lead change.
Toledo: The Rockets, the preseason Mid-American Conference favorites, were playing their first Pac-12 opponent in 30 years and their first game in the Pacific time zone in more than 10 seasons.
Oregon: Altman, only the second Oregon coach to post four consecutive 20-win seasons, improved to 61-11 at Matthew Knight Arena, which opened during his first season in Eugene. . Young, who led the Pac-12 in free-throw accuracy last season at 88.1 percent (155 of 176), has made his first 18 attempts through three games.
Toledo hosts Bucknell on Monday night.
Oregon plays Michigan on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.