Ducks Drill Alabama State, 92-52
Nov 15, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - James Davis led five Oregon players in double figures asthe Ducks dominated Alabama State 92-52 Thursday night in the America's YouthClassic.
Davis scored all 18 of his points on 6-of-8 shooting from the three-pointline, and the Ducks made 11-of-22 three-pointers as a team.
Transfer forward Robert Johnson started his Oregon career off with adouble-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, as the Ducks won their 10th straightseason-opener. Luke Jackson added 12 points, Anthony Lever had 11 and LukeRidnour scored 10.
'I got in a groove and my teammates were just finding me,' said Davis, asophomore guard.
Oregon opened the game on a 16-0 run, and the Hornets didn't record theirfirst field goal until Malcolm Campbell hit a three-pointer at the 12:43 mark.
The 52 points allowed by Oregon was its fewest in a season opener in 19 years. The Ducks held UC San Diego to 46 points in the 1982-83 opener.
'It was a great effort and a great start' said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. 'Our team played totally unselfish and we focused well on defense, but we focus on fine tuning and growth.'
The Ducks extended their lead to 38-15 before settling into a 40-22 halftimelead. Alabama State (0-1) scored the first four points of the second halfbefore Oregon responded with a 24-5 run fueled by four three-pointers, two eachby Lever and Davis, and a pair of three-point plays by Johnson.
'Our team played totally unselfishly,' Kent said.'It was almost perfect. We did so well for this early in the season. We've got something brewing that we have to build off.'
The Hornets, who won the Southwestern Athletic Conference last season andplayed in the NCAA Tournament, were led by Campbell, who scored 13.
Alabama State made only 35 percent of its shots and was outrebounded 40-29.
Senior guard Frederick Jones scored only nine points, but became just the 22nd Duck to go over 1,000 career points. He ended the night with 1,003. He also moved into fifth in UO career blocked shots with two against the Hornets, giving him 58 career.
Jackson had a career-high four steals as the Ducks had 15 as a team.
Oregon faces Western Michigan Friday night at 8:15 p.m. as the America's Youth Classic continues into its second of three days. Alabama State and Long Beach State meet in the opener at 6 p.m.