No. 23 Ducks Upend Willamette, 71-48

Jan 15, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - At least Willamette kept it closer than it did 75 years ago.

Frederick Jones scored 19 points and Luke Ridnour added 14 Tuesday night as No. 23 Oregon defeated the Division III Bearcats 71-48.

The mismatch was scheduled to commemorate the diamond anniversary of Oregon's first game on McArthur Court. On Jan. 14, 1927, the Ducks defeated Willamette 38-10.

The point totals were higher this time, but the result was pretty much the same.

Willamette used two 3-pointers to take a 6-4 lead, then Oregon went on a 17-0 run to dash the Bearcats' upset dream. Early in the second half, the Ducks went on a 15-1 run to take a 57-25 lead.

'The big thing was to get through the game without getting hurt, but the more important thing was to pay tribute to this great building and its players,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.

'We knew this would be tough on our schedule, but we didn't want to pass up the opportunity to play Willamette tonight.'

The victory gave the Ducks (13-4) an 11-0 home record for the first time since 1938.

B.J. Dobrkovsky led Willamette (11-5) with 13 points and Marques Johnson had 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Bearcats outrebounded the Oregon 44-38.

'We came out and played hard, we played with heart and we made the most of the experience,' Willamette coach Gordie James said. 'We needed to stand like warriors. We gave up size, quickness and agility, but we played with tremendous heart.'

Oregon, which leads the Pacific-10 in scoring at 87.3 points per game, was held to its lowest point total at home this year. However, Willamette shot just 27 percent.

'They came out and battled us and worked really hard,' Ridnour said. 'Not to take anything away from them, but we didn't have our `A' game and it really showed.'

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