Ducks Stun No. 11 Arizona, 105-75
Dec. 22, 2001
By STEVEN DU BOIS
Associated Press Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon remembered last season's blowout loss to Arizonaall too well. The Ducks responded by handing the Wildcats a beating that surelywon't soon forget.
Oregon scored from the inside and made a McArthur Court-record 133-pointers, routing No. 11 Arizona 105-75 Saturday night.
It was the Wildcats worst loss since a 111-58 drubbing at UCLA in 1983, theseason before Lute Olson became coach.
The 30-point margin of victory was the Ducks biggest in the 48-game series.The previous high a 17-point win in 1980.
Oregon beat Arizona here last year, but was blown out 104-65 in the rematch.Luke Jackson, who led the Ducks with 28 points, didn't forget that.
'Last year's loss was in the backs of our minds for awhile,' Jackson said.'But we had a lot of confidence, and we wanted to show them we were a teamthey'd have to deal with.'
Jackson, disheveled and perpetually looking as if he's on the verge ofcollapse, had 16 points in a first half that saw the Ducks go on a 40-14 spreethat turned a 17-9 deficit into a 49-31 lead.
For the game, the Ducks made 13-of-22 (59 percent) from beyond the arc. Theymade 54 percent of their shots overall and were 24-of-27 from the line.
'We talked about this being Christmas and playing a game that was aChristmas present to each other,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. 'It was ateam victory, but I've got to point out Luke Jackson and the way he has playedin the past two games.'
Jason Gardner led Arizona with 19 points, while Channing Frye had 18 pointsand nine rebounds.
Luke Walton, playing in the state where his father won an NBA championship,shot 3-for-15 amid taunts from the raucous crowd.
The Wildcats (6-3, 1-1) did have a glimmer of hope, when an 8-0 spurt closedthe gap to 49-39 at halftime.
But James Davis hit two 3-pointers early in the second half and Jacksoncontinued to make his shots.
Many of the Ducks' shots were virtually uncontested
'I didn't think our perimeter effort was good at either of the court,'Olson said. 'Perimeter guys need to continue to make good cuts. Oregon didthat and we didn't.'
Helquist's 3-point play with 11:43 left pushed the lead back to 16 andseemed to take the steam out Arizona, as the lead soon ballooned to 20, then30.
Jackson's last basket put the Ducks over the century mark, the first timethey've scored more than 100 points in consecutive Pac-10 games.
The Ducks won their conference opener Thursday, 103-90 over Arizona State.
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