Basketball Looks for Fun in the Sun

Feb. 27, 2001

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WHAT'S ON TAP . . . The Ducks visit the desert for games against Arizona State Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. MST) and No. 9 Arizona Saturday, March 3, at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. MST). The Oregon Sports Network will carry Saturday's game live to a regional audience.

WINS ON THE ROAD VS. TOP 25 . . . In case you were wondering, Oregon last defeated a Top 25 team on its home court Jan. 7, 1977. Oregon beat No. 7 UCLA 61-60 at Pauley Pavilion.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH . . . The games in Arizona are third and fourth Mountain Time Zone games for the Ducks in 2000-01. So far, Oregon is 2-0 on MST with wins at Denver (99-90) and Northern Arizona (72-70 ot).

OREGON TENTATIVE STARTERS

F	33	Luke Jackson	6-7	210	Fr.	7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpgF	42	Bryan Bracey	6-7	210	Sr.	19.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, .500 FG Pct.C	54	Flo Hartenstein	6-9	260	Sr.	2.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .529 FG Pct.G	13	Luke Ridnour	6-2	165	Fr.	8.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.0 apgG	20	Frederick Jones	6-4	209	Jr.	14.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg

HEAD COACH ERNIE KENT . . . Ernie Kent (Oregon `77) is in his fourth year at Oregon. He has a 67-47 ledger with the Ducks and a 10-year career record of 157-127. 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.

IN TRIPLICATE . . . Luke Jackson's rare triple-double (14 pts., 11 reb., 10 asst.) in the Feb. 17 win at Washington sent everyone to the record books for some perspective. Some of the more interesting facts about Jackson's accomplishment:
* is the first by an Oregon player since Ron Lee, Dec. 7, 1972, versus Montana State (24 pts., 12 reb., 11 asst.)
* is the second by a freshman since the Pac-10 started keeping track in 1985, joining Jelani McCoy of UCLA (15 pts., 10 reb., 11 blocks vs. Stephen F. Austin, Feb. 23, 1995)
* is the first freshman to record a triple-double in a Pac-10 league game
* is just the 14th triple-double since the Pac-10 started keeping track in 1985
* is the second triple-double this season (joining Arizona's Loren Woods)
* the 11 rebounds and 10 assists were both career highs, in fact, Jackson had just 31 assists for the entire season prior to the Washington

STEADY FREDDIE . . . Junior guard Frederick Jones ranks in Oregon's career top 10 in four categories: assists (250/eighth), blocks (56/6th), steals (82/tie-seventh) and three pointers (95/seventh). The Gresham, Ore., native has scored 940 career points entering the weekend and could become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club by season's end.

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 18-11 in its last 29 games decided by seven points or less.

TRIPLE PLAY . . . Oregon is first in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made per game at 7.56. Individually, Anthony Norwood is sixth in three-pointers per outing, hitting 2.0 a game. The Ducks have made at least 10 three-pointers eight 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 21 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 19.0 points and 7.2 boards a game. He is shooting 50.0 percent (163-of-326) 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. Bracey scored 25 at Washington State and followed that with his fifth double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Washington. His sixth double-double came with 21 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA and he had 22 points versus USC. That's 14 20-point efforts in 25 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: 14.4 points per game through 25 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 5.8 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 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. Then he had a team-high 22 points in the win at Washington. He scored 20 points in the home finale against USC.

IN THE NEIGHBOR-WOOD . . . 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. Norwood snapped out a scoring funk in last week's games with UCLA and USC. He had 12 points against the Bruins, which marked his first double-figure scoring game since Feb. 1 (Arizona). Norwood followed that with 16 against USC, marking his first back-to-back double-figure scoring games since Louisville (Dec. 30) and Oregon State (Jan. 6). Norwood is third on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and leads the team with 49 threes.

COOL HAND, LUKE . . . Luke Ridnour, the first true freshman to start at the point for Oregon since Kenya Wilkins in 1993-94, has been solid 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 (100-to-61), is fourth in scoring at 8.0 points per game and leads the team at 4.0 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. In his homecoming at Washington, Ridnour scored 14 points. He matched his career high with nine assists in the home finale against USC. Back in 1993-94, Wilkins set the UO frosh assists record with 142.

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. The triple-double aside (see page 2), he's starting to heat up again in recent games with 10 against Arizona State, nine versus Stanford, 10 against Cal, nine at Washington State, 14 at Washington (to go along with 11 rebounds and 10 assists) and eight against UCLA. 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.

NEW JUICE ON THE BLOCK . . . It looks like senior center Julius 'Juice' Hicks is feeling healthy again. Hicks was a machine with 18 blocks in 15 games before suffering a sprained right ankle prior to the Jan. 25 game at USC. He missed two games and his production suffered for a couple of weeks, but recently, there have been signs of the old Juice. He's blocked 12 shots in the last five games (including a career-high five at Washington State) and scored 12 points in the win at Washington. He's shooting 63.6 percent from the field for the year (75-of-118) to rank second in the Pac-10! The long arms of Hicks have also been on display this year. On the season, Hicks has 31 blocks and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 (1.35 bpg). His 31 blocks also rank sixth among Oregon's top 10 single seasons. He also ranks ninth in career blocks with 42. The San Francisco native is averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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 at 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. UCLA brought out the best in Chris the second time around too -- he had a career-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points in a career-high 22 minutes.

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 10th all time at UO. He had a steal against California, leaving the German just five 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. He tied his career high with 30 minutes of action in the near-upset of Stanford.

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 ARIZONA STATE . . . The Sun Devils are 11-14 overall and 3-11 in the Pac-10. Junior forward Awvee Storey leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.4 per game and is ASU's top scorer at 13.9 points per game. Senior guard Alton Mason is at 12.8 points per game, while junior center Chad Prewitt is at 10.3 and sophomore guard Donnell Knight is at 10.2. The Ducks are looking to avenge a 99-72 loss at Mac Court on Feb. 4. ASU has been hit hard in the injury department as a pair of sophomores who logged key minutes as freshmen - Tanner Shell (broken hand) and Justin Allen (Hodgkin's Disease) are redshirting this season.

TENTATIVE ARIZONA STATE STARTERS

F	4	Tommy Smith	6-9	210	So.	8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 bpgF	11	Avwee Storey	6-6	221	Jr.	13.9 ppg, 9.4 rpgC	52	Chad Prewitt	6-9	241	Jr.	10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpgG	1	Alton Mason	6-1	186	Sr.	12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apgG	3	Kyle Dodd	6-0	165	So.	4.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg

ABOUT ARIZONA . . . The Wildcats are ranked No. 9 in this week's Associated Press poll with a 19-7 overall record (11-3 in the Pac-10). The Wildcats' five starters all average double figures, led by sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas at 16.6 points per game. Junior forward Michael Wright is next at 16.5 points per game, followed by senior center Loren Woods (12.5), sophomore guard Jason Gardner (11.2) and junior forward Richard Jefferson (10.9). Woods leads the league in blocked shots with 2.8 per game. The Wildcats are the best free throw shooting team in the Pac-10 at 74.0 percent. Arizona also allows a league-low 39.0 opponent field goal percentage and 30.0 opponent three-point field goal percentage.

TENTATIVE ARIZONA STARTERS

F	2	Michael Wright	6-7	238	Jr.	16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpgF	44	Richard Jefferson	6-7	222	Jr.	10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.8 apgC	3	Loren Woods	7-1	244	Sr.	12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 bpgG	0	Gilbert Arenas	6-3	188	So.	16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apgG	22	Jason Gardner	5-10	181	So.	11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 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 11 assists over the weekend to raise his career total to 250 (eighth) and pass Chris Harper (1983-85) at 241. He has 95 career threes (7th). Next up is former teammate Alex Scales (104/1998-2000). Jones had six steals over the weekend to bring his career total to 82 and tie Mike Clark (82/1979-81) and Frank Johnson (82/1987-89) for seventh. Jones had a block against USC to bring his career total to 56 (sixth), one behind Jerry Adams (57/1981-86). Hartenstein is tied for 10th in career blocks with Kyle Milling (1995-97) at 39. Julius Hicks had two blocks against the Trojans to give him 31 for the season (sixth), just two back of No. 5 Blair Rasmussen (33/1985) and three back of No. 4 Brett Coffey (34/1989). He also has 42 career blocks (ninth). Chris Christoffersen needs three blocks to crack the career top 10. On the other side of the coin, Hartenstein has 72 career steals, which is just five shy from entering that career top 10.

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.

USC RECAP . . . Benched because of his horrendous performance two nights earlier, David Bluthenthal scored seven of his 29 points in overtime as Southern California rallied to beat Oregon 87-80 Saturday night. Brian Scalabrine added 21 points and Sam Clancy had 13 rebounds for the Trojans. Bryan Bracey scored 22 points and Frederick Jones had 20 for the Ducks. Bluthenthal, who went scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting in a humiliating 67-52 loss at Oregon State, hit a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run with just over five minutes left in regulation that helped the Trojans get back in the game. Bluthenthal made the first basket of the overtime - a 3-pointer - and hit two free throws to push USC's lead to five with 2:18 to go. But the Ducks came back, and a 3-pointer by Anthony Norwood cut it to 81-80 with 1:05 left. Scalabrine then buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and that finished Oregon. A 3-pointer by Bracey put the Ducks ahead 72-60 with 5:21 left. After Bluthenthal's 3, Jeff Trepagnier made two putbacks, with two free throws from Granville in between. Scalabrine made a hook shot, again after an offensive rebound, and Granville ended up with a layup after Trepagnier's steal. That gave USC a 73-72 lead with 2:43 left. Trailing 76-73 with 30 seconds left, Oregon tied it when Jones hit a running hook that banked in. He was fouled, and the free throw sent the game to overtime tied at 76. Oregon led by 10 early on, but the Trojans used a 12-2 run to tie it. Bluthenthal played only 12 minutes but scored 15 points in the first half, including three straight 3-pointers, to pull his team within 37-35. Anthony Norwood scored 16 points for Oregon, while Luke Ridnour tied a career high with nine assists.

UCLA RECAP . . . Matt Barnes scored 21 points and Jason Kapono had 20 points and 13 rebounds as No. 15 UCLA held off a second-half comeback by Oregon to beat the Ducks 88-73 Feb. 22 at Mac Court. Dan Gadzuric added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins. Bryan Bracey led Oregon with 21 points and 10 rebounds -- his sixth double-double of the season -- and helped the Ducks rally from 21 points down to get within eight. UCLA, which took a 45-33 lead into halftime, scored the first six points of the second half and then outscored the Ducks 11-3 to make it 62-41 with 14:56 left to play. But the Ducks then started a run of their own. Bracey had an acrobatic behind-the-head dunk and James Davis hit a 3-pointer as Oregon closed to 64-56 on a 15-2 run with 11:14 left in the game. A basket by Ryan Bailey ended a six-minute scoring drought for the Bruins, and Oregon could get no closer than eight the rest of the way. The Ducks shot 32 percent from the field and were 9-of-34 from the 3-point line, compared to 49 percent shooting for the Bruins. Oregon stayed within five points of UCLA in the first 12 minutes until the Bruins went on a 10-2 run to make it 36-23 with 3:55 left in the half. Kapono scored seven of the Bruins' final nine points in the half as UCLA took a 45-33 lead. Oregon had trouble handling UCLA's muscular play inside, and the Bruins went to the free throw line 41 times - shooting 59 percent for the game. Anthony Norwood added 12 points for Oregon, while Chris Christoffersen grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

WASHINGTON RECAP . . . Luke Jackson recorded a triple-double as Oregon used the 3-pointer to take a big second-half lead and held on for an 85-73 victory over Washington Feb. 17 at the new Bank of America Arena. Despite leading the Pac-10 in 3-pointers, the Ducks hit just one in the first half, but connected on five during a 23-10 run in the second half that put the game out of reach. Jackson had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Oregon. It was the first triple-double by an Oregon player since Ron Lee turned the trick Dec. 7, 1972, against Montana State. Frederick Jones scored a game-high 22 points while Bryan Bracey scored 16 and Luke Ridnour and 14 for the Ducks. Bracey grabbed 10 rebounds to notch his fifth double-double of the season. Freshman C.J. Massingale scored 18 points, with Will Perkins adding 17 and freshman Curtis Allen 14 for Washington. Leading by five points early in the second half, the Ducks hit five 3-pointers during their decisive 23-10 run. Ridnour made two 3-pointers during the run and Jackson capped it with a 3-pointer that gave Oregon a 67-49 lead with 12:17 remaining. Washington made one last run at the Ducks, as Allen scored five points during an 18-6 run that cut Oregon's lead to 79-73 with 1:53 remaining. The Ducks made six stright free throws in the final minute to seal the win. The Ducks led for most of the first half and took their largest lead of the half at 31-17 on a layup by Jackson with 5:27 remaining in the half.

WASHINGTON STATE RECAP . . . Mike Bush's free throw with 5 1/2 seconds remaining gave Washington State a 63-62 Pac-10 conference victory over Oregon Feb. 15 in Pullman. After hitting the front-end of a two-shot foul, Bush missed the second attempt, sending Oregon's Luke Ridnour on a mad scramble down the court. Washington State knocked the ball away and the Cougars' Framecio Little recovered to seal the victory. Washington State was hampered by 35 percent shooting in the first half, but used an 11-1 run to cut Oregon's lead to 28-26 at halftime. The Cougars continued their run in the second half, outscoring Oregon by 17-8 over the first eight minutes and extending the lead to as many as seven points. Oregon's Bryan Bracey scored 13 points in a four-minute span to tie the game at 50 and set up a see-saw final seven minutes. Bracey led all scorers with 25 points, while Frederick Jones added 14. Sophomore David Adams paced the Cougars with 16 points.

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.

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