Oregon Routs No. 13 UCLA, 91-62
Jan. 31, 2002
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - During a normal season, Oregon is difficult to beat athome. The way the Ducks are cruising along now, however, McArthur Court is acold, unforgiving place for opponents.
No. 13 UCLA, tied for second place in the Pac-10, got blown out of therickety old building Thursday night, as Oregon jumped to an early lead and won91-62 Thursday night.
Frederick Jones scored 28 points and Chris Christoffersen added acareer-high 15 rebounds as Oregon (16-5, 8-2) earned its biggest-ever marginover the Bruins (14-6, 6-4). The Ducks, who are 12-0 at home, also stayed tiedwith Southern California for first place in the conference and the teams meetSaturday.
'From start to finish, we had it in our control,' said Jones, who tied hisseason high in points. 'They didn't threaten us much.'
Reserve T.J. Cummings had 15 points to lead UCLA, which has lost three offour, while Billy Knight added 14.
'We didn't play with any kind of poise or purpose offensively, and lackedintensity at the defensive end,' said UCLA coach Steve Lavin, whose team shot39 percent in the first half and trailed by as many as 24 points.
'We got blown out. We didn't have a chance,' said Matt Barnes, who had twopoints on 1-of-9 shooting.
The Bruins entered the game with a 71-18 advantage over Oregon in theall-time series. The only time UCLA had ever really been blown out by the Duckswas on Dec. 12, 1936, the first meeting between the teams, when Oregon won56-30.
Oregon is 4-0 against Top 25 teams, beating that many ranked teams for thefirst time since the 1975-76 season.
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.
'We're a good basketball team, and tonight we got back to basics, got backto defense,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.
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.
'We're a better team than this,' Knight said. 'We're just not playinghard.'
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.
Oregon extended its best home start since 1937-38, when they went 16-0 atMac Court, which turned 75 years old this season.
'(In) 11 years of coming up here, I know this is a court where it can getaway from you in a hurry,' Lavin said.
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.
'Freddie hit some big shots, and when he scores like that, we're hard tostop,' Ridnour said.
Only a mild cold spell by Oregon allowed the Bruins to get within 19 athalftime.