Oregon's Roman Sorkin dunks against Coppin State during the first half Friday in Eugene. [THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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EUGENE — Roman Sorkin had a career-high 23 points and Troy Brown scored 18 to lead Oregon to a 70-54 victory over Coppin State on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Sorkin, a senior making his first start in 54 career games, had 18 first-half points, and Brown had 12.

Payton Pritchard, the only returning starter from Oregon's 2017 Final Four team, added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Ducks had a 43-28 edge on the boards.

Oregon extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 43 games, a school record. The Ducks led 42-14 at the half after holding the Eagles, who missed their first nine shots, to 14.3 percent shooting (4-of-28).

Tre' Thomas and Dejuan Clayton scored 13 points each in the debut of former Maryland star Juan Dixon as Coppin State's head coach. The Eagles pulled within 10 points with 2:45 to play but got no closer.


Oregon: The rebuilding Ducks saw their school-record of 27 consecutive weeks in the Associated Press Top 25 end when they were unranked in the preseason poll. Oregon and South Carolina were the only 2017 Elite Eight teams not to be ranked.

Coppin State: Picked 12th in the 13-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll, the Eagles haven't won more than nine games since making the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a 12-20 record. Their schedule includes road games against five Power 5 Conference teams.


Coppin State plays its second of eight road games to start the season at East Carolina on Sunday. The Eagles' only home game among their first 12 is against Navy on Dec. 6.

Oregon continues its soft four-game opening home stand against Prairie View A&M on Monday night. The Ducks' first challenge should come on Thanksgiving night against Connecticut in Portland at the PK Invitational, honoring Oregon benefactor Phil Knight's 80th birthday, with the winner likely facing No. 2 Michigan State.

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