No. 13 UCLA Falls To Oregon, 91-62

Jan 31, 2002

AP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. - Frederick Jones scored 26 points and ChrisChristoffersen added a career-high 15 rebounds as Oregon routed No. 13 UCLA91-62 Thursday night, the Ducks' biggest win ever over the Bruins.

Oregon (16-5, 8-2 Pac-10) stayed in a first-place tie in the conference withSouthern California, which also won Thursday.

Reserve T.J. Cummings had 15 points to lead UCLA (14-6, 6-4), which has lostthree of four, while Billy Knight added 14.

The Bruins entered the game with a 71-18 advantage over Oregon in theall-time series. The only time UCLA had ever really blown out the Ducks was onDec. 12, 1936, the first meeting between the teams, when Oregon won 56-30.

The Ducks shot 57 percent, but the main reason for the victory wasChristoffersen, the team's 7-foot-2 center from Denmark. He badly outplayedUCLA's 6-11 Dan Gadzuric. Christoffersen had 14 points, while Gadzuric was heldto eight.

The Bruins shot 42 percent, including 1-of-14 from 3-point range. UCLA hadbeen averaging better than seven 3-pointers per game in conference play.

UCLA trailed 47-28 at halftime and needed a strong start to the second halfto get back in it. The Ducks made sure it didn't happen by shooting 9-of-12over the first 6:24. Luke Jackson, held to just three points at halftime, madetwo 3-pointers, and Anthony Lever's 3 made it 69-34.

UCLA went on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 23, but Oregon responded withfour straight inside baskets.

The Ducks entered the game as the top-scoring team in the Pac-10 at 85.8points per game, and UCLA simply couldn't match their speed. Oregon turnedseveral long misses into easy baskets or open jumpers, and got to the freethrow line 16 times, making 12. UCLA didn't get to the line until 11 minutesin, and was just 2-of-6 for the half.

Oregon made 11 of its first 16 shots, and a 3-pointer by Luke Ridnour puthis team ahead 28-12. Gadzuric picked up his second foul with just under sevenminutes remaining in the half and went to the bench.

The Ducks kept up the energy, and Jones provided much of it. He drove to thebasket and dropped a fantastic one-handed dunk over Andre Patterson to make it41-20. A tip-in by Robert Johnson gave the Ducks a 46-22 lead.

Only a mild cold spell by Oregon allowed the Bruins to get within 19 athalftime.

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