Ducks Bury Cougars, 115-77
Feb. 21, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Nobody seems to stand a chance when they visit McArthurCourt these days.
Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 15 Oregon set schoolrecords for most 3-pointers made and most points scored in a Pac-10 gameThursday night with a 115-77 victory over Washington State.
The Ducks (19-7, 11-4 Pac-10) remained tied for first place in theconference with Southern California. They are 15-0 at home this season, winningby an average margin of more than 25 points.
'I think we've already peaked in terms of understanding how hard you haveto play and how committed you have to be to have success,' Oregon coach ErnieKent said. 'I've never had a team so focused.'
Marcus Moore scored 34 points to lead the Cougars (5-19, 1-15 Pac-10), whoare 0-10 on the road this season.
J Locklier added 12 points and seven rebounds for Washington State, whichhas lost 17 of 18 overall.
'We are still in the building process,' Washington State coach Paul Grahamsaid. 'It gets difficult when you are so young.'
Frederick Jones scored 18 points, and Luke Jackson added 17 for Oregon. TheDucks, who lead the country in 3-point percentage, were 16-for-26 from longrange, including a stretch of six straight in the second half.
Every Oregon player scored as the Ducks shot 54 percent from the field, 62percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the free-throw line, all seasonhighs.
'We came out with a lot of energy and we were ready to win this one,'Ridnour said.
On consecutive possessions in the second half, Ridnour hit two 3-pointersand found Robert Johnson with a behind-the-back pass, bringing the selloutcrowd to its feet chanting 'Luke! Luke! Luke!'
Anthony Lever hit a 3-pointer with 5:15 left in the first half to cap a 20-6run and put Oregon ahead 33-19.
The Oregon record for most points scored is 121, set against Portland in1970. The previous school record for most 3-pointers was 15 against WestFlorida in 1995.