Fantastic Finishes Abound When Ducks Meet Cougars, Huskies

Feb. 12, 2001

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WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Ducks begin the stretch run to the postseason by trekking to the Palouse to face Washington State Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., followed by a trip to Seattle's brand new Bank of America Arena to meet Washington on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. The Oregon Sports Network will carry the Oregon-WSU game live to a regional audience, while the Oregon-Washington game will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net.

DEATH, TAXES AND OVERTIME . . . Lately, when Oregon visits its neighbors in the Evergreen State, you can count on a little extra bang for your buck. For two straight seasons, the Ducks have gone into overtime in both Seattle and Pullman. Oregon has escaped Pullman with a pair of overtime victories the last two years, including an excruciating 87-83 triple overtime thriller in 1998-99 and an 81-80 win last season. The Ducks split the two overtime games in Seattle, winning last season 76-74 to avenge an 86-76 loss in 1998-99. Oregon and Washington also went to OT earlier this season at Mac Court (a 72-71 Husky win), meaning that three of the last five Oregon-Washington contests have been decided in overtime.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 37. That's the number of free throws both Stanford and California attempted versus the Ducks last weekend. Stanford marched to the charity stripe an eyebrow-raising 30 more times than Oregon (3-of-7), while Cal merely had 23 more attempts than the Ducks (10-of-14). The seven free throw attempts versus the Cardinal was less than half of Oregon's previous season low -- 16 at USC.

STEADY FREDDIE . . . Junior guard Frederick Jones ranks in Oregon's career top 10 in four categories: assists (237/ninth), blocks (53/T6th), steals (76/10th) and three pointers (91/7th). The Gresham, Ore., native has scored 875 career points entering the weekend and is on pace to become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club by season's end.

OREGON TENTATIVE STARTERS

F	20	Frederick Jones	6-4	209	Jr.	14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apgF	21	Julius Hicks	6-8	235	Sr.	7.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, .620 FG Pct.C	54	Flo Hartenstein	6-9	260	Sr.	3.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, .543 FG Pct.G	13	Luke Ridnour	6-2	165	Fr.	8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apgG	34	Anthony Norwood	6-3	185	Jr.	10.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg. 2.3 apg

HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT . . . Ernie Kent (Oregon `77) is in his fourth year at Oregon. He has a 66-44 ledger with the Ducks and a 10-year career record of 156-124. He won his 150th game as a collegiate head coach Dec. 12 versus Illinois-Chicago (110-87). Kent won more games in his first three seasons as Oregon's head coach (54) than any other Oregon mentor since Howard Hobson (64) from 1935-36 through 1937-38. The former six-year Saint Mary's (Calif.) coach led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament last season and accomplished some pretty impressive feats along the way: 22 wins was the school's most in 55 years, 13 Pac-10 wins was the most in school history, the first road triumph over a Top 25 opponent since 1977 (67-66 neutral-court win over Wake Forest), a win over the highest-ranked foe since 1995 with the 86-81 upset of No. 3 Arizona. In 1998-99, Kent took the Ducks to a 19-13 mark and a trip to New York City for the NIT Final Four. Prior to St. Mary's, he served two-year tenures as an assistant at Stanford (1990-91) and Colorado State (1988-89).

KENT FEATURED . . . As part of February's Black History Month, the Eugene Public Library is featuring a display on Ernie Kent as one of the city's prominent Black Americans.

COACHING STAFF . . . Assistants Greg Graham and Mark Hudson are in their fourth seasons at Oregon. Scott Duncan is in his first season on the Duck staff after spending last year at Clemson.

STOP BUGGING ME . . . Oregon has been remarkably injury-free this season, something that can be attributed to the hard work of strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe and athletic trainer Clay Jamieson. When Julius Hicks missed two games in Los Angeles Jan. 25-27 with a sprained right ankle, he was the first Duck to miss a game due to injury since Flo Hartenstein sat out Oregon's two preseason games recovering from knee surgery.

LUCKY SEVEN . . . Under Ernie Kent, Oregon is 18-9 in its last 27 games decided by seven points or less.

TRIPLE PLAY . . . Oregon is tied with Oregon State for the Pac-10 lead with 7.4 three-pointers made per game. Individually, Anthony Norwood is fifth in three-pointers per outing, hitting 2.1 a game. Oregon's 156 threes put it on a pace to challenge the school record of 243 set in 1998-99 (32 games). The Ducks have made at least 10 three-pointers seven times this season, with a high of 13 coming Nov. 25 against Portland State (two shy of the school record of 15).

THE LIFE OF BRYAN . . . The No. 2 scorer in the Pac-10, senior forward Bryan Bracey continues to be one of the most improved players in 2000-01. He has scored in double figures in 17 straight games and all but one game overall this season (Portland). After spending last season as Oregon's sixth man averaging 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, Bracey leads Oregon in scoring and rebounding at 18.6 points and 6.8 boards a game. He is shooting 51.5 percent (135-of-262) from the field. The Chicago, Ill., native recorded his first career double-double in the season opener against Mississippi Valley State with 22 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 boards was a career high. He followed that with a 20-point game in Oregon's road opener at Denver. Bracey was named co-MVP of the Pape Jam after scoring a then-career-high 24 points in Oregon's 91-76 defeat of Massachusetts. Next, he netted 20 in the win over Illinois-Chicago. He followed that with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in the overtime loss to Auburn. Then came 22 points against South Carolina State and 28 points in the Pac-10 opener against Oregon State (24 in the second half). He got his third double-double (23 pts., 10 reb.) in the overtime loss to Washington (plus a career-high five steals) and followed that with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Washington State. He then scored 20 at both USC and UCLA and led the team with 23 points in the upset of No. 7 Arizona. That's 11 20-point efforts in 21 games! Bracey became the first Duck score 30 points in a game since Alex Scales had 31 against Arizona State, March 2, 2000.

PAC-10 EM-BRACEYS BRYAN . . . Senior forward Bryan Bracey was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 11-17. The Chicago, Ill., native averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. Bracey scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (.778) with seven rebounds and a pair of assists in Oregon's 110-87 victory over Illinois-Chicago Dec. 12. He followed that with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds (second double-double of the season) in the 101-97 overtime loss to Auburn Dec. 16. For the week, Bracey shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28) and 85 percent at the free throw line (17-of-20).

RIGHT SAID FRED . . . It was expected that Frederick Jones would see an increase in his scoring average, and he has: 14.0 points per game through 21 games in 2000-01, compared to 9.7 ppg a season ago, but did you know that the junior from Gresham, Ore., has seen significant improvement in rebounding as well? He's second on the team at 5.7 per game (up from 3.9 rpg a year ago). Jones, who now ranks in Oregon's career top 10 in three-point field goals, assists, blocks and steals, was named co-MVP of the Pape Jam after scoring 23 points (matching the second-highest effort of his career) and grabbing nine rebounds in Oregon's 91-76 defeat of Massachusetts. He got his third career double-double in the Jan. 6 win over Oregon State with 18 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds. He almost secured the first triple-double at Oregon in nearly 30 years when he had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against WSU. His strong play continued with 21 points at USC and 22 points at UCLA. It was the second time this season Jones has posted consecutive 20-point games.

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE . . . Freshman Luke Jackson, whose hometown of Creswell is just down the road from Eugene, has lived up to his Oregon State Player of the Year reputation. He's starting to heat up again coming off the bench and is averaging 9.3 points per game over the last three with 10 against Arizona State, nine versus Stanford and 10 against Cal. He is hitting 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the floor during that span. He led the team in scoring Jan. 11 at Cal with 12 points and led the team in rebounding two days later at Stanford with seven. Then he scored 15 points (one shy of his career high) with six boards Jan. 18 against Washington. He got his first collegiate start Jan. 20 against Washington State and scored nine points with seven rebounds. Jackson scored a career-high 16 points in the 110-87 defeat of UIC on Dec. 12.

COOL HAND, LUKE . . . Luke Ridnour, the first true freshman to start at the point for Oregon since Kenya Wilkins in 1993-94, is beginning to hit his stride as Oregon's floor general. The only Duck to start every game this season, Ridnour has nearly a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio (81-to-47), is fourth in scoring at 8.0 points per game and leads the team at 3.9 assists per game (sixth in the Pac-10). 'Rid' had a season-high nine assists in the Nov. 25 Portland State game. He scored 15 points in the Louisville win. He had eight assists and no turnovers Feb. 25 at USC. Ridnour followed that with a then-career-high 16 points at UCLA. Then in his next game, Rid scored a career-high 17 points in the upset of No. 7 Arizona. Back in 1993-94, Wilkins set the UO frosh assists record with 142.

THE GREAT DANE . . . You've got to give junior center Chris Christoffersen his due. With Julius Hicks out with a sprained ankle, Christoffersen scored eight points against USC and followed that with a career-high 15 points at UCLA. The Roenne, Denmark, native went toe-to-toe with the Bruins' Dan Gadzuric and matched the UCLA seven-footer's numbers all the way. Points: 15 each. Rebounds: 7-6 in favor of Big Chris. Field Goal Percentage: .800 for Chris, .500 for Gadzuric. Christoffersen's career effort against the Bruins came one week to the day after setting a then-career-high with 11 points against Washington State (Jan. 20). He also registered an impressive defensive performance against Arizona that included three blocks and several altered shots.

FLO MOJO . . . Senior center Flo Hartenstein continues to contribute after preseason knee surgery that caused him to miss nearly all of fall camp. He recently played in his 100th career game Jan. 25 at USC. Flo came off the bench in the opener against Mississippi Valley State for his first appearance of 2000-01. And in typical workman-like form, Hartenstein contributed five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Against Denver, Flo was again effective off the bench, grabbing nine rebounds with six points and three steals in 23 minutes. Hartenstein had a pair of blocked shots in the upset of No. 7 Arizona and another against Stanford to give him 39 career, which is tied for ninth all time at UO. He had a steal against California, leaving the German just four shy of UO's career top 10! Flo was also key off the bench in the Louisville win with a season-high 11 rebounds (one shy of a career high) and eight points. He made his first start of the season Jan. 20 against WSU and has started the last seven. He tied his career high with 30 minutes of action in the near-upset of Stanford.

ORANGE JUICE . . . Senior center Julius 'Juice' Hicks is second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage. He's shooting 62.0 percent from the field for the year (62-of-100). The long arms of Hicks have also been on display this year. On the season, Hicks has 21 blocks and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 (1.1 bpg). His 21 blocks leave him just two shy of entering the season top 10 at 23 (Henry Madden, 1997). The San Francisco native is averaging 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

ON THE MARK ANTHONY . . . One of Oregon's best players down the stretch last season, junior guard Anthony Norwood set career highs in points and assists during the 99-90 win at Denver. He scored 25 points, which easily surpassed his previous high of 19 (set last year against Denver) and dished out seven assists. Through this year's first 21 games, Norwood is third on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg) and leads the team with 43 threes.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS . . . Ben Lindquist certainly settled into the role of super sub during the month of December. He had seven points against Massachusetts, four against Illinois-Chicago, a career-high tying 13 against Auburn, eight at Northern Arizona and 10 at Louisville. His shooting percentage during the month was remarkable for a guard: .560 (14-of-25). The junior from St. George, Utah, also seems to like playing Denver. He set his career high last season versus the Pioneers (13) and nearly matched that effort this year (12), with a pair of key threes off the bench.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE . . . The Cougars have split their last four games, including a 58-57 win at Arizona State last Thursday that snapped a Pac-10 record 30-game conference road losing skid. WSU is 7-2 at home this season, with its only losses in Pullman coming to No. 1 Stanford and California. Mike Bush, who would be fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring if he had played in enough games, leads the Cougars at 17.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Following Bush, WSU has five players averaging between seven and 10 points per game. At 9-12, the Cougars need just two more wins for their most victories (11) since the 1996-97 team went 13-17.

TENTATIVE WASHINGTON STATE STARTERS

F	5	Mike Bush	6-6	195	Jr.	17.5 ppg, 6.4 rpgF	25	Milton Riley	6-9	197	So.	4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpgC	24	J Locklier	6-10	235	Jr.	9.0 ppg, 5.9 rpgG	1	Marcus Moore	6-6	182	Fr.	9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apgG	2	Framecio Little	6-4	207	Jr.	7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg

ABOUT WASHINGTON . . . The Huskies are 9-14 overall, 3-8 in the Pac-10. Washington's new Bank of America Arena hasn't proved to be too much of a home court advantage yet. The Huskies have lost six of their last eight games there and are 4-6 overall at the facility. Since defeating Oregon 72-71 in overtime on Jan. 18, Washington has lost five of six. Will Perkins leads the Huskies at 12.7 points per game, while Salem native Thalo Green, who had a career night in that Jan. 18 win, is next at 11.4 points per game.

TENTATIVE WASHINGTON STARTERS

F	1	Will Perkins	6-8	195	Sr.	12.7 ppg, 7.5 rpgF	42	Thalo Green	6-7	220	Sr.	11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpgC	50	David Dixon	6-11	300	Jr.	4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpgG	20	Curtis Allen	6-0	160	Fr.	6.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apgG	23	Michael Johnson	6-4	195	Sr.	7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg

CLIMBING THE CHARTS . . . Flo Hartenstein and Frederick Jones are wasting no time in trying to leave their marks on the Oregon career charts. Jones is now ranked in the career top 10 in four categories: three-point field goals, assists, blocks and steals. He had seven assists over the weekend to bring his career total to 236, which ranks ninth ahead of David Girley (228/1983-87) and Ron Lee (226/1973-77). Next is No. 8 Chris Harper (1983-85) at 241. He has 91 career threes (7th). Next up is former teammate Alex Scales (104/1998-2000). Jones is in sole possession of 10th in steals with 76, just one behind ninth place Keith Balderston (77/1984-88). Jones had his 53rd career block against Cal, which ranks tied for sixth with Mike Carson (1994-99) and four behind Jerry Adams (57/1981-86). Hartenstein is tied for ninth in career blocks with Kyle Milling (1995-97) at 39. Chris Christoffersen needs six blocks and Julius Hicks needs seven more to crack the career top 10. Hicks is two blocks away from entering the single-season top 10. On the other side of the coin, Hartenstein had a pair of steals over the weekend, which leaves the German with 72 career and just four shy from entering that career top 10.

FRESH FACES . . . Oregon got a look at its future in the Nov. 25 84-66 defeat of Portland State. All four freshmen set then-career highs in scoring, led by forward Luke Jackson's 13 (all in the second half). Guard Luke Ridnour scored 12 with a career-high nine assists, while guard James Davis added 10 points (three three-pointers) and center Jay Anderson had four.

TOP OF THE CLASS . . . Oregon's 1999-2000 recruiting class was rated best in the West by most services, including Bob Gibbons and Hoop Scoop's Clark Francis. The four freshmen who make up this stellar class are Parade and McDonald's All-American Luke Ridnour (6-2, 165, PG, Blaine, Wash./Blaine HS), Oregon 3A player of the year Luke Jackson (6-7, 210, F, Creswell, Ore./Creswell HS), sharpshooter James Davis (5-10, 170, G, Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen HS) and Jay Anderson (6-9, 220, C, Faribault, Minn./Faribault HS). UO's list of newcomers also includes junior forward Mark Michaelis (6-10, 230, F, South Jordan, Utah), a transfer from Brigham Young.

DICKIE V SAYS . . . That Oregon freshman point guard Luke Ridnour is good. How good? Vitale, the ESPN harbinger of over-the-top college basketball analysis, tabbed Ridnour as the Pac-10's 'Diaper Dandy,' aka, his freshman of the year.

CALIFORNIA RECAP . . . Sean Lampley had 17 points and 10 rebounds as California recovered from a poor first half to defeat Oregon 65-56 Feb. 10 at Mac Court. Cal closed the game on a 16-7 run to beat Oregon at McArthur Court for the first time in four years. Bryan Bracey had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Ducks. Lampley's jumper with 6:51 remaining gave the Golden Bears their final lead of the game, 51-49. They made six of eight free throws in the final 1:18 to seal it. Cal shot just 26 percent in the first half (5-of-19), but trailed only 26-22 because the Ducks shot 36 percent. The lead changed hands 13 times in the second half, and there were seven ties. Cal took its first lead of the game on two free throws by Brian Wethers with 18:18 to go. The game stayed close until Cal scored six straight points to make it 57-50. Oregon led 11-5 after four minutes as Julius Hicks, starting at forward instead of Bracey, found success inside with six straight points. The Ducks pushed the lead to 19-8 on Anthony Norwood's 3-pointer, but went cold in the final 10 minutes. Cal outscored Oregon 14-7, capped by a 3-pointer from Ryan Forehan-Kelly. Joe Shipp added 12 points for Cal. Hicks had 11 for the Ducks, while Luke Jackson added 10. Freddie Jones just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points.

STANFORD RECAP . . . Jason Collins had 19 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2 Stanford used a 20-6 run during the final 5 1/2 minutes to hold off Oregon 69-62 Feb. 8 at Mac Court. Casey Jacobsen added 13 points for the Cardinal, which narrowly avoided its second straight upset loss. Bryan Bracey scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the Ducks. Stanford entered leading the conference in virtually every statistical category, including free-throw shooting at 74 percent. But the Cardinal shot just 21-of-37 against the Ducks. Conversely, Oregon had only seven free throw attempts the entire night. Collins was 4-of-9, and his twin brother Jarron was 6-of-14. That was a big reason why Stanford found itself trailing 56-49 after Bracey made a 3-pointer with 6:06 remaining. Oregon went the next 4:19 without a point, however, and Stanford slowly came back. Jarron Collins hit two free throws, Jason Collins converted a layup and Ryan Mendez hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 56. A left-handed layup by Jacobsen pushed the Cardinal's lead to 62-56 with just over two minutes to go. Oregon twice cut the lead to three, but Mendez made six straight free throws in the last 34.2 seconds to seal the victory. Oregon had success inside but couldn't keep its big men in the game. Backup center Julius Hicks fouled out with 8:35 to go, and third-stringer Chris Christoffersen followed him to the bench with 5:21 left. The Ducks' other frontline players, Bracey and Flo Hartenstein, played the final six minutes with four fouls. Hartenstein, who is playing on bad knees, played a career-high 30 minutes.

ARIZONA STATE RECAP . . . Awvee Storey scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures as Arizona State opened the second half with a 21-4 run to blow out Oregon 99-72 Feb. 4 at McArthur Court. Arizona State shot a season-high 62 percent with its most lopsided defeat of Oregon since a 40-point win in Tempe on Jan. 5, 1981. Freddie Jones scored 14 to lead Oregon, which was coming off its best performance of the season in a 79-67 win over No. 7 Arizona. The Ducks endured their worst home loss since falling to Arizona 92-60 on Jan. 28, 1993. The Sun Devils led 48-38 at halftime, then effectively ended the game early in the second half. Alton Mason scored 17 points, and Chad Prewitt and Tommy Smith each had 15 for the Sun Devils. Storey added 12 rebounds. The Ducks, who had been one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the Pac-10, made just 4 of 22.

ARIZONA RECAP . . . With Luke Ridnour getting career highs in points (17) and rebounds (7), Oregon beat No. 7 Arizona 79-67 Feb. 1 at Mac Court. It was the first time in 17 years that Oregon had defeated the Wildcats twice in a row, the Ducks stopped then-No. 3 Arizona 86-81 last March. Bryan Bracey led Oregon with 23 points, while Tucson, Ariz., native Anthony Norwood added 11. Chris Christoffersen came off the bench to be a factor for the fourth straight game, scoring five points and blocking three shots, including one on Arizona's Loren Woods that seem to set the tone for the game. The Wildcats shot a season-low 35 percent and committed 18 turnovers, including six traveling violations. 'We got beat every way that you could get beat,' Arizona coach Lute Olson said. 'It seemed like out of every 10 loose balls, Oregon was getting nine of them, and that's just an indication of how focused they were.' Michael Wright led the Wildcats with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Arizona's 67 points were a season low by two, and the team missed 10 of its 12 3-pointers. Christoffersen had five points and three blocks, including two on Woods. Oregon took a 9-8 lead six minutes in and didn't trail again. A layup by Wright cut the lead to 32-27 early in the second half, but Oregon kept building from there. A fastbreak layup by Norwood, which followed Christoffersen's block of Woods, pushed the lead to nine. A basket and two free throws by Julius Hicks, playing with a sprained right ankle, plus a layup by Bracey, made it 56-40 with 10:17 to play. Arizona couldn't get closer than eight after that.

UCLA RECAP . . . Matt Barnes scored a career-high 26 points and sparked UCLA's second-half comeback as the Bruins beat Oregon 98-88 Jan. 27 in Pauley Pavilion. Frederick Jones led Oregon with 22 points, while Bryan Bracey added 20, Luke Ridnour scored 16 and Chris Christoffersen had 15. The points were career highs for Christoffersen and Ridnour. Earl Watson added 20 points and seven assists, Jason Kapono had 18 points and Dan Gadzuric 15 points for the Bruins. UCLA stepped up its full-court defense in the second half against the second-highest scoring team in the conference. Trailing by 10, the Bruins used a 35-17 run to take a 77-65 lead. Barnes had 10 points in the spurt, including a dunk off his own steal at midcourt. Oregon, which has lost 17 straight on UCLA's home court, contended with foul trouble during the Bruins' scoring burst. The Ducks had three players foul out, including centers Flo Hartenstein and Christoffersen, who had a career-high seven rebounds. Despite the absence of their big men, the Ducks controlled the boards, 40-33. UCLA's effort to get back into the game and take a commanding lead seemed to wear out the Bruins. That allowed the Ducks to rally briefly and cut their deficit to 82-77 with 4:33 remaining. But Kapono answered with a 3-pointer, then Barnes scored four straight as the Bruins pulled away.

USC RECAP . . . The No. 25 Southern California Trojans played 35 minutes of solid basketball, then held on nervously. Up by 16 with 5:08 remaining, the Trojans were outscored 18-5 over the next 3:37 before finally putting Oregon away 78-74 Jan. 25 at the L.A. Sports Arena. Sam Clancy had 21 points and five blocks and Brian Scalabrine added 20 points for USC. Despite their furious finish, the Ducks got no closer than three points in the waning moments. Frederick Jones had 21 points in the loss, and Bryan Bracey had 20. The Trojans were up 68-52 with 5:08 remaining before the Ducks narrowed the gap to 73-70 on Jones' layup and free throw with 1:31 left. But Clancy hit a jumper to build the lead back to 75-70 with one minute remaining, and the Ducks got no closer than three the rest of the way. Scalabrine had nine rebounds as the Trojans dominated the boards 36-18. The Trojans also held the Ducks 10 points below their average of 84.3 a game, which had ranked them No. 16 nationally in offense. USC opened a 13-point lead during the first half, was up 35-25 at halftime and seemed in control until Oregon's late rally. Luke Ridnour added eight assists with no turnovers for the Ducks.

WASHINGTON STATE RECAP . . . Frederick Jones scored 19 points and Bryan Bracey added 17 as Oregon defeated undermanned Washington State 81-66 Jan. 20 at Mac Court. The win ended the Ducks' three-game losing streak and sent the Cougars to their 29th straight Pac-10 road loss. Bracey and Jones, the Ducks' top-two scorers and rebounders, were held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. Jones had eight rebounds and eight assists, while Bracey added 10 rebounds (fourth double-double of the season) for Oregon. Chris Christoffersen came off the bench to score a then-career-high 11 points for the Ducks. The Cougars dressed only seven players because head coach Paul Graham sent six players back to Pullman for violating an unspecified team rule. Among the missing were starter Framecio Little and reserve Eddie Miller, Washington State's second leading scorer at 10.1 points per game. Still, the Cougars made a game of it until a 24-10 second-half run gave the Ducks a 62-43 lead. David Adams led Washington State with 19 points.

WASHINGTON RECAP . . . Curtis Allen slipped through Oregon's defense for a layup with six seconds left in overtime to help Washington upset Oregon 72-71 Jan. 18 at Mac Court. Luke Ridnour sank a jumper at the buzzer, but officials ruled the shot came too late. Thalo Green had a career-high 22 points and Curtis Allen added 12 to lead the Huskies (8-9, 2-3 Pac-10), who beat Oregon at McArthur Court for the second straight season for the first time since 1981-82. Bryan Bracey, who entered the game leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.2, had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks (10-4, 1-3). Eighteen of his points came in the second half and in overtime. Luke Jackson added 15 for the Ducks. Washington led from the start of the game until the final minute, when a pair of free throws by Bracey put the Ducks ahead 62-61 with 47.5 seconds left. Another free throw by Bracey with 18 seconds left gave the Ducks a two-point lead. But a layup by Allen with 11 seconds left tied the score and sent the game into overtime. In the extra period, the teams traded baskets until Bracey put Oregon on top 71-70 with 50 seconds to go. A missed shot by Washington, followed by an Oregon turnover, gave the ball back to the Huskies with under 10 seconds to play. Allen weaved into the lane between Oregon defenders and laid the ball off the backboard for the game-winner. It was the third time in the last five meetings that Ducks and Huskies have gone to overtime.

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