Ducks Skin No. 15 Wildcats, 90-80
Jan. 4, 2002
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - This was supposed to be Arizona's revenge. Instead, itwas another Duck drubbing of the Wildcats.
Thirteen days after handing Arizona its most one-sided loss of coach LuteOlson's 19 seasons at the school, Oregon beat the 15th-ranked Wildcats again90-80 Friday night.
'We felt we wanted to make another statement, having played so well upthere in Eugene,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. 'Probably the best thing forus was to turn around and play them again.'
Only a 3-pointer by Will Bynum with 23.9 seconds to play prevented it frombeing Arizona's worst home loss of the Olson era.
Luke Ridnour set career highs with six 3-pointers, 23 points and 10 assistsas the Ducks (10-3, 3-0 Pac-10) won at McKale Center for the first time since1985, a span of 16 consecutive losses.
Oregon swept Arizona for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
'We knew that we could play with them,' Ridnour said. 'We all hit shots.We have a lot of confidence on this team.'
Oregon, which made 13-of-22 3-pointers in its 105-75 rout of Arizona inEugene on Dec. 22, hit 10-of-17 3s this time.
'They are a very, very good basketball team,' Olson said. 'They have fouror five perimeter guys that can all shoot and handle the ball. Their insideguys know their roles. They are just better than we are. That is prettyobvious.'
Luke Jackson added 21 points, 14 in the first half, and Freddie Jones scored12 for the Ducks, who led by as many a 17 in the first half and 22 in thesecond. James Davis scored all 10 of his points in the second half for Oregon.
A year ago, the Ducks lost at Arizona 104-65.
'We were so angry about that, so embarrassed about that,' Jackson said.'More than anything, we just wanted to prove that we could win on the road.They went on runs and we just answered every single time it seemed like.'
Jason Gardner scored 22 points, but was just 7-for-19 from the field,3-for-11 on 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (8-4, 1-2), who were without LukeWalton, their best passer and defender. Walton, one of only three non-freshmenin Arizona's rotation, strained his right Achilles' tendon in Arizona's victoryover Pepperdine on Dec. 29.
'Even with Luke, I don't know how much better we would have been,' Olsonsaid. 'We are having a miserable time getting our guys to play with somecontinuity.'
Salim Soudamire added 16 points, Bynum 15 and Rick Anderson 11 for Arizona.
The worst loss for Arizona at home under Olson was 61-49 to Tennessee onDec. 23, 1983, his first season in Tucson.
Oregon won its sixth straight but its first of the season on the road. TheDucks are 8-0 at home, 1-1 on a neutral court and 1-2 on the road. The neutralcourt loss to Massachusetts also was essentially a road game.
Olson drew a rare technical foul for storming onto the court to protest anon-call with 14:47 to play in the first half.
The technical came during the 9-0 surge that put Oregon up for good 19-10 onAnthony Lever's 3-pointer 13:21 to play in the first half.
The Ducks, frustrating the Wildcats with a tight man-to-man defense, made it30-17 on Ridnour's fourth 3-pointer - in four attempts - with 10:01 to play.Ridnour made five 3s before he missed one and finished 6-for-8.
Another 6-0 run put Oregon up 45-28 with 2:57 to play in the half onJackson's breakaway stuff 2:57 before the break.
The Ducks led 49-38 at the half. Olson stayed on the court to complain afterGardner was knocked to the floor on a driving layup in the final seconds of thehalf but no foul was called.
Oregon was 10-for-15 at the foul line in the first half, compared with4-for-5 for Arizona. The Wildcats' Channing Frye had three fouls by halftimeand three others had two.
The Ducks made five of eight 3-pointers, in the first half, compared withArizona's 2-for-13.
Arizona used a 7-0 run to cut it to 53-45 on Bynum's driving layup with16:53 to play. But Davis sank a 3-pointer to ignite an 11-0 Oregon spurt thatput the Ducks up 64-45 on Jones' two free throws with 13:34 remaining.
Oregon rubbed it in with a spectacular fastbreak basket. Ridnour passed theball off the glass, and Jones grabbed it for a stuff to put the Duck ahead82-60 with 7:28 to play.