No. 15 Ducks Take Out Washington To Finish Perfect At Home, 90-84
Feb 23, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - With a chance to claim sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 and a shot at remaining undefeated at home for the first time in 64 years, a lot was at stake for Oregon.
Despite the pressure, No. 15 Oregon came through with a 90-84 victory over Washington on Saturday night to secure a 16-0 home record for the first time since 1937-38.
Frederick Jones scored 33 points and Luke Jackson added 23 for the Ducks (20-7, 12-4 Pac-10), who can claim at least a share of their first Pac-10 title next week when they travel to Los Angeles to play Southern California and UCLA.
'We're going on the road with a lot of confidence and a lot of energy,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. 'We took a big shot from Washington, and now we have a chance to ... compete for the Pac-10 championship.'
The Huskies (10-17, 4-13) made it tougher than most of Oregon's previous 15 opponents at McArthur Court, however, as Doug Wrenn scored 27 points and Curtis Allen 18.
Oregon led by as many as 13 before the Huskies stormed back in the final 2 minutes to cut an 80-71.
Wren scored on a put back and free throw to make it 82-79 with 2 minutes left.
Jones then hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game, and the Ducks shot 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the win.
'I wanted to get myself involved early,' he said. 'We knew we didn't have any easy games left. Washington came to battle with us.'
Washington outrebounded Oregon, grabbing 39 rebounds to the Huskies' 34, and shot 54 percent from the field, while Oregon shot 44 percent.
The Huskies were done in by 25 turnovers, and they made only 11-of-22 free throws.
'It's a huge rivalry for a reason,' Huskies coach Bob Bender said. 'It's just really good basketball games.'
The Huskies didn't have an answer for Jones, a senior guard playing in his final home game. Jones made 12-of-20 field goals, including 5-of-7 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds and five steals.
With 4:16 to play in the first half, Allen hit a 3-pointer and free throw to put Washington up 35-34.
But Luke Ridnour hit a 3-pointer and Jackson scored five straight points to put Oregon back up 42-37, a lead the Ducks extended to 51-45 by halftime.
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