Men's Hoops Fall To Oregon In Pac-10 Opener

Jan. 6, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Bryan Bracey scored 20 of his 28 points in the first10:03 of the second half as Oregon recovered from an early deficit to routOregon State 84-66 Saturday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Freddie Jones added 18 points and Anthony Norwood 17 for the Ducks (10-1,1-0 Pac-10), who have won 14 of 15 against their in-state rival.

Deaundra Tanner scored 20 points and Jason Heide had 17 for the Beavers(6-7, 0-1), who ended the game with only seven healthy players after startersAdam Masten and Brian Jackson fouled out.

Bracey scored just four points on 2-of-6 shooting in the first half, whenthe Ducks trailed by as many as 13 before tying it at halftime. Bracey beganhis burst by hitting a 13-foot jumper 2:23 into the second half.

On the next possession, he nailed a 3-pointer, the first of four straightfor the Ducks. Bracey finished a 13-0 run with a spectacular two-handed reversedunk on a lob from Freddie Jones that pushed Oregon's lead to 55-38.

By the time Bracey completed his flurry - on a difficult baseline jumper -Oregon led 65-44 with just under 10 minutes to go.

During a 14:05 stretch beginning in the first half, Oregon outscored theBeavers 56-19.

Oregon, leading the Pac-10 in 3-pointers at 8.8 per game, made eight of 16in the second half.

The Beavers figured to slow the tempo against Oregon, which had beenaveraging 87.4 points per game. But Oregon State came out gunning, making itsfirst seven shots to take a 17-5 lead.

Trailing 28-15, the Ducks went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by successive3-pointers by Luke Ridnour and Jones. Oregon got within 32-30 on a layup andfree throw by Julius Hicks.

Heide picked up his fourth foul on the play, after receiving his third only90 seconds earlier. With no other big men to replace him, coach Ritchie McKayhad to leave Heide in.

A driving reverse layup by Jones tied it 32-all at halftime.

AP Sports Writer

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