EUGENE - We've seen it before, a mass exodus of talent, a nearly brand new roster and somehow Dana Altman manages to overcome those obstacles. Altman and his staff began 2013-14 roster overhaul with a 99-59 win over Northwest Christian Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon's roster features seven new scholarship players, and it was two of those newcomers that led the Ducks attack, captivating the 6,243 fans at MKA in the blow out win.
Detroit transfer Jason Calliste got things going on the offensive end, scoring five of the first seven UO points, finishing with 20 points. When he was replaced by Houston transfer Joseph Young, Young did most of his damage on the other end. Young, known as high-scoring combo guard, had five first half steals, which led to nine first half points.
"Defense wins games. So if we do that, we'll be a good ball club," Young said after the game.
Young was more aggressive offensively in the second, matching Calliste's 20 points.
He was only awarded eligibility on Friday.
"I was pretty excited when we got him eligible. He's really a good young man and he works really hard. He wants to be a part of the team and he will be a big part of the team," Altman said.
"I think you see some of the talented players that we have on the perimeter, that I think will be able to get better and better as they play more together."
The Ducks played fourteen total players, with ten playing 10 minutes or more.
The Ducks went so deep that Dominic Artis and Ben Carter, key contributors last season, were the 10th and 11th players to enter the game.
"I wanted to play everybody today. I didn't need to play a lot of those vets a lot of minutes in a game like that. We need to get things worked out in practice," Atlman said.
The Ducks opened with a line-up of Johnathan Loyd, Calliste, Damyean Dotson, Mike Moser and Waverly Austin.
"We've got a lot of things to work on from this game, that we knew we had to work on. Rebounding probably being the most obvious," Atlman said.
Despite the perceived problems on the glass, UO still out-rebounded NCU 45-34, with Moser leading the Ducks with seven boards.
Oregon was truly dominant on both ends in the first half, holding NCU to just 27 points on .242 shooting, while knocking home 51 on .536 shooting.
UO finished shooting .508 percent, NCU .290.
The game was also the coaching debut of former Oregon star Luke Jackson. Jackson added former Oregon players Coleton Baker and Austin Kuemper to the NCU roster and both started for the Beacons.
Baker led all scorers with 24 points.
Oregon now has a week before hosting Point Loma next Saturday for its second exhibition of the season. The Ducks then head to South Korea for their first regular season, played at military base U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, against Georgetown.
"This is the critical week for us. We've got to make strides this week," Altman said.