Ducks pull away to beat W. Carolina

The Associated Press /


Published Nov 14, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

EUGENE — Joseph Young scored 28 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to help No. 18 Oregon rout Western Carolina 107-83 on Wednesday night.

Mike Moser added 26 points and Elgin Cook had 16 for the Ducks (2-0), who opened the season with an 82-75 win against Georgetown last Friday at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. They returned to Oregon the next day and resumed practice Monday.

Young, a transfer junior guard from Houston, made all seven of his shots in the second half and only missed three of his 12 attempts in the game. He was also 15-for-16 from the free-throw line.

Moser, a 6-8 transfer senior forward from UNLV where he was an All-American in 2012, scored 15 in the first half and went 9-for-14 from the field.

Trey Sumler scored 29 in his season debut for the Catamounts (2-1). The senior guard, who averaged a team-high 18.4 points last season and was an all-Southern Conference selection, missed the first two games of the season after being charged with assault and battery in September.

The Ducks (2-0) led 41-39 at halftime but then Young took over. He scored 17 points as Oregon extended its lead to 71-55 with 11:49 left.

Young and Moser hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half and Oregon hit eight 3’s in the game. The Ducks also went 35 for 47 from the free throw line.

Western Carolina cut its deficit to 73-67 with 9:08 to play on a 3-pointer by Sumler, his 13th straight point. But that was as close as the Catamounts would get.

Also on Wednesday:

Colorado 63, Wyoming 58: BOULDER, Colo. — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including four free throws down the stretch, and Askia Booker added 14, helping Colorado hold off Wyoming to halt a six-game skid against the Cowboys. Josh Scott added 12 points and nine rebounds as the Buffaloes (2-1) beat the Cowboys (1-1) for the first time since 1996. Colorado was ranked last season heading into this game in Laramie, Wyo., only to lose and fall out of the top 25.