Ducks Slip Past Lumberjacks

Dec. 18, 2000

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Bryan Bracey scored five of his game-high 18 points in overtime, helping Oregon escape an upset against Northern Arizona, 72-70, Monday night.

The Ducks (7-1) squandered a 10-point lead in the second half before recovering for the overtime victory. Point guard Adam Lopez led the Lumberjacks (3-5) with 15 points - eight in the final minute of regulation and overtime.

A pair of free throws from Oregon guard Luke Ridnour gave the Ducks a 71-68 lead with 17 seconds left, and the Lumberjacks Cory Schwab misfired on NAUs last gasp, a 3-pointer with five seconds to play. Bracey then hit one of two free throws to ice the game for Oregon.

After the Lumberjacks Casey Grundman missed a long baseline jumper with 30 seconds left, Oregon had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Bracey took a pass on the left block with two seconds on the clock, but couldn't get up a shot before the buzzer.

Anthony Norwood scored 11 points for Oregon and Julius Hicks added 10 on 4-of-4 shooting. Ryan McDade tallied 14 points and seven rebounds and Brian McHugh chipped in with 13 points and six boards for the Lumberjacks, who dropped their fourth straight contest.

'A loss is a loss, but I think our team grew a little bit today,' said NAU coach Mike Adras. 'I walk out of here tonight proud of my players.'

Freddie Jones' slashing layup with 1:45 left in overtime gave Oregon a 67-63 edge, but Lopez answered with a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock to pull NAU back within one. With 22 seconds left, Lopez again pulled the game within one with a fading jumper, but the Lumberjacks never pulled ahead.

'Theyre a good team,' Bracey said. 'I think we came out and played hard, but we were just real tired, I think. They gave us a run for our money.'

The Ducks, coming off a 101-97 overtime loss to Auburn Saturday in Las Vegas, showed no signs of fatigue offensively. Oregon shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and every starter except Ridnour scored at least 10 points.

Oregon broke out of a 29-all halftime tie with a 10-2 run in the first two minutes after the break, and the Ducks upped the lead to 48-38 on Hicks' layup at 13:35. Oregons forwards took advantage of a number of mismatches in the post for easy scores.

Playing on eight days rest, Northern Arizona closed to within 56-55 with a 17-8 surge over the next eight minutes, capped by Cory Schwabs 3-pointer with just under four minutes remaining.

The Ducks limited NAU's Schwab - who came in leading the team at 22.3 points per game - to 12 points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

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