Ducks End NCAA Run With 104-86 Loss To Kansas
March 24, 2002
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
MADISON, Wis. - Kansas met a team that wanted to run with it. It ranover Oregon instead.
Forwards Drew Gooden and Nick Collison each had double-doubles by theopening minutes of the second half and top-seeded Kansas never trailed Sundayin a 104-86 rout of the second-seeded Ducks to win a trip to the Final Four.
The Jayhawks were helped by a 63-34 edge in rebounding.
Gooden had 18 points and 20 rebounds and Collison had 25 points and 15rebounds as the Jayhawks (33-3) reached their first national semifinal since1993 and their third under coach Roy Williams.
But this is the first time in five tries that Williams has taken a top seedto the Final Four. His other appearances came as a third seed in 1992 and as asecond seed in 1993.
Two other Jayhawks nearly joined Gooden and Collison with double-doubles.Freshman Keith Langford had 20 points and eight rebounds and Kirk Hinrichscored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Jayhawks, the nation's highest-scoring team with a 91-point average,fueled their up-tempo game with the enormous rebounding advantage, outhustlingand outmuscling the beefier Ducks on the glass.
Kansas led 48-42 at halftime and stretched its lead to 73-59 on a runner byHinrich with 9:50 left.
Anthony Lever hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 10-2 Oregon run thatmade it 75-69 with 8:30 remaining. Lever's third 3-pointer made it 77-72 with8:05 left.
But Kansas scored the next 10 points, four by Collison, to end the Ducks'dreams of reaching the Final Four for the first time since they won the firstNCAA championship in 1939.
The Ducks, playing in a regional final for the first time in 42 years, got32 points from Frederick Jones, who scored the winning basket but was limitedto a season-low four points in a 72-70 victory over Texas on Friday night.
Gooden nearly had his standard double-double by halftime, scoring his ninthpoint with 8:11 left in the first half and getting his ninth rebound with 5:49remaining.
Ten seconds later, Hinrich's layup gave Kansas a 40-28 lead and it appearedas though the Jayhawks were going to run away with it early.
But the Ducks scored the next 12 points, seven by Jones, to tie it at 40with 2:57 left in the first half. Jones had two slams off steals and capped theburst with a 3-pointer.
Oregon had two chances to take the lead, but Luke Ridnour missed a layup andJones missed a 3-pointer.
Collison's basket at 1:57 gave Kansas the lead again. He scored two morebaskets as the Jayhawks built their six-point halftime lead.
Collison had 15 first-half points on 7-of-11 shooting and helped Goodenprovide a mismatch down low with the bigger but slower Robert Johnson and ChrisChristoffersen, Oregon's 7-foot-2, 300-pound senior center.