Oregon beats Georgetown at army base in Korea

Oregon beats Georgetown at army base in Korea
November 9, 2013, 12:15 am
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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) -- Oregon beat Georgetown 82-75 on Saturday in a season-opening game played at a U.S. army base in South Korea.

Joseph Young had 24 points and five rebounds, sinking all 12 of his free throw attempts, while Jason Calliste, who scored 16 points and made all 11 of his free throws, to lead Oregon to a win before hundreds of soldiers at Camp Humphreys.

Georgetown center Joshua Smith scored 25 points but only had four rebounds for the Hoyas, who closed within four points with a minute left but missed key free throws in the closing minutes, while Oregon hit theirs.

Georgetown was outrebounded 40-32 and was just 1 of 15 from 3-point range.

The Hoyas only led twice in the game -- with the opening basket and then briefly early in the second half.

Markel Starks helped keep Georgetown in the game, hitting the Hoyas' only 3-pointer with 7:31 left and scoring 16 points.

Oregon opened up an early lead in the first half off repeated turnovers and poor shooting by Georgetown, but the Hoyas closed within 37-34 at halftime. They were carried by forward Mikael Hopkins' 10 points and Smith's nine first-half points.

For Oregon, Young had 11 points in the first half and Calliste had 12 at halftime.

Mike Moser had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks.

Oregon was listed as the "home" team, but both schools were far from home.

The game, labeled the 2013 Armed Forces Classic, was part of ESPN's Veteran's Week, meant to honor the men and women of the U.S. military.

The teams played in special camouflage uniforms -- light-colored camouflage for Oregon, dark for Georgetown, and coaches on both teams wore combat boots and military-style cargo pants. Instead of names on the back of their jerseys, Oregon had "USA"; Georgetown had words like "Integrity," `'Courage" and "Respect."

The stands were packed almost exclusively with soldiers, who began lining up just after dawn outside the gym.