Oregon Defense Stymies Western Michigan

Nov 16, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Chris Christoffersen scored a career-high 18 points andAnthony Lever added 15 as Oregon defeated Western Michigan 91-48 in theAmerica's Youth Classic on Friday at McArthur Court.

Robert Johnson added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks (2-0).

Rickey Willis scored nine points and three others scored eight to lead theBroncos (0-2).

Oregon had four players in double figures. Besides Christoffersen and Lever,Luke Ridnour had 12 and Freddie Jones added 11.

Western Michigan struggled from the field all game, shooting just 30 percentafter a 36.1 percent effort in its win Thursday. The Broncos were 2-of-15 from3-point range.

'Oregon played a good game,' said Western Michigan head coach Robert McCullum. We were lacking the size and not making the shot recovery. Oregon took away the easy shots. We are a young team, and with each game we can improve. America's Youth Classic gives us a chance to play more games and make more improvements.'

The 48 points given up by Oregon matched the lowest allowed in Ernie Kent's five years as head coach. It came on the heels of Thursday's game where the Ducks allowed just 52 points to Alabama State.

'When we play at such a high level so early in the season it's really encouraging,' said Kent. 'We have so much room for improvement and did another outstanding job against another outstanding team.'

Jones' 11 points gave him 1,014 for his career, moving him to 20th on theOregon's career scoring list.

The Broncos were without forward Brandon Johnson, who doubles as a widereceiver for the football team.

The Ducks close out the America's Youth Classic when they host Long BeachState at 8:15 on Saturday. Western Michigan concludes with Alabama State at 6 p.m.

'Tomorrow Long Beach will pressure us and make us play more zone and force us to think and do things we need to understand right now,' said Kent.

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