Men's Basketball hosts Global Travelers

Nov. 9, 2001

EUGENE - The Oregon men's basketball team wraps up the exhibition season Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at McArthur Court against Global Travelers. The regular season gets underway Thursday with Oregon hosting Alabama State in the opening round of the America's Youth Classic.

In the Ducks' Nov. 6 97-45 exhibition win versus a team from Brisbane, Australia, senior guard Frederick Jones led the team with 27 points, five rebounds and four steals. Jones hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor and nailed three-of-four three-pointers.

Sophomore guard Luke Ridnour had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists, but also had five turnovers. Sophomore guard Luke Jackson added 13 points and nine rebounds, while newcomer Robert Johnson, a transfer from Santa Rosa Junior College in California, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points.

As a team, Oregon shot 56.5 percent from the floor (35-of-62) and held the Australians to just 32.8 percent (19-of-58). The Ducks also held a commanding 45-24 rebounding edge. The main area of concern was the Ducks' 23 turnovers, though Oregon's rejuvenated defense collected 12 steals and forced the Australians into 25 turnovers.

Not including the three freshmen, all 13 players saw action against Brisbane. Big men Mark Michaelis and Brian Helquist provided a lift off the bench, combining for 13 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes. Michaelis, a senior, had seven points and hit a pair of tough fade-aways, while Helquist, a junior transfer from Florida's Jacksonville Community College, flexed his muscles for five rebounds. Senior guard Anthony Lever also came off the bench and scored six points in only nine minutes of action as he continues to get back to full strength after missing time with a broken left hand.

As with the first exhibition, the three freshmen, 6-11 forward Ian Crosswhite, 6-4 guard Marcus Kent and 7-0 center Matt Short, will not play. Crosswhite (ankle) and Kent (knee) are recovering from earlier injuries and will redshirt the 2001-02 season, while Short is still developing at this early stage in his Oregon career and a decision on his redshirt status will be made later in the month.

The Global Sports team is comprised of former college players and plays 11 games in 14 days on their current tour. The Oregon game is number nine. Heading into the weekend, Global Sports is 2-4. The touring team defeated Kansas State 58-57 on Nov. 1 and then lost four in a row - 81-72 to Nevada, 78-74 to Fresno State, 69-47 to San Jose State and 90-81 to Iowa State - before winning 72-68 at Southern Utah Thursday night. Global Sports plays at Nevada for the second time Friday night and at Utah State Saturday before heading to Eugene.

The team has two former Long Beach State players on its squad - Juaquin Hawkins and Shannon Smith - and two former Utah State Aggies - Kevin Rice and Shawn Daniels.

Radio station KUGN 590 am will carry the game locally in Eugene as Jerry Allen begins his 15th season as the play-by-play man for the Ducks. Reserved tickets for the exhibition are $18. General admission tickets are priced at $11 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

AMERICA'S YOUTH CLASSIC TICKETS TO GO ON SALE MONDAY MORNING
Men's basketball opens Thursday with 2001 NCAA Tournament team Alabama State.

EUGENE - General admission tickets for the season-opening America's Youth Classic basketball tournament will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Duck Ticket Office in the Casanova Center. Prices are $11 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

There are also limited reserve tickets on sale for $18 and obstructed view, reserved seat tickets available for $12. There are no three-game tournament passes available. The remaining tickets for each night are being sold separately.

Long Beach State and Western Michigan get the tournament underway at 6 p.m. Thursday night at McArthur Court. Oregon hosts 2001 NCAA Tournament team Alabama State at 8:15 in the nightcap. Friday, Long Beach State and Alabama State square off at 6, while Oregon and Western Michigan meet at 8:15. Saturday finds Alabama State and Western Michigan tangling at 6 and Oregon and Long Beach State face off in a good regional match up at 8:15.

-goducks.com-

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