No. 5 Ducks Beat Waves 105-90
Dec 15, 2002
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Oregon coach Ernie Kent likened it to a good NBA game.
For a while, it looked more like a track meet.
That's just the way the fifth-ranked Ducks like it.
Luke Jackson scored 27 points, and freshman Ian Crosswhite scored 12 of his career-high 19 in the last seven minutes Saturday night as Oregon beat Pepperdine 105-90.
Now averaging 92.7 points, the Ducks outscored the Waves 23-11 to finish the game, making it appear more one-sided than it actually was.
'This is a great win, what a great game to see,' said Kent, whose team made 20 of 27 shots (74.1 percent) in the second half and 36-of-60 overall (60 percent) to offset 20 turnovers.
'We knew it was going to be a tough game,' Kent said. 'I thought Ian played a great game, particularly in this environment. I could say that about a lot of guys. We've got a pretty good team.'
Robert Johnson had a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds; Luke Ridnour scored 15 points, and James Davis added 12 for the Ducks (6-0).
Jackson, who also had seven rebounds and six assists, said defense was the difference - a surprising statement considering the final score.
'There was a stretch were we had seven or eight stops in a row, that was the key to the game,' he said.
Johnson made two baskets early in the second half to snap a 59-all tie, and Jackson scored twice following steals to make it 70-62.
But the Waves battled back, drawing within three points on freshman Alex Acker's basket with 10:26 to play.
Pepperdine drew within three points two more times before the Ridnour made a 3-pointer and Crosswhite scored the next seven points to make it 92-79 with 4:48 remaining.
The Waves weren't closer than eight points after that. Crosswhite's three-point play with 1:47 left made it 99-88.
'Ian stepped up and made some huge plays tonight, and so did Robert,' Jackson said. 'If our big guys can step up like that every night, we're going to continue to get better.'
Crosswhite, a 6-foot-11, 250-pounder from Australia, credited his teammates with making good passes to set up easy baskets.
'This feels real good - our first away win,' he said. 'Not many teams want to come here to play non-league games, it's a tough place to play.'
The game was played before a crowd of 3,387 in cozy Firestone Fieldhouse.
Jimmy Miggins led Pepperdine (3-3) with a career-high 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Acker added 16 points and Boomer Brazzle and Terrance Johnson scored 14 each for the Waves, who lost despite shooting 51.5 percent (35-of-68).
'They can be beat, trust me,' Terrance Johnson said of the Ducks. 'If we meet up with them again in the NCAA tournament, we will kill them. You can quote me on that.'
Pepperdine's Glen McGowan, playing his first game of the season after recovering from knee surgery, had seven points and six rebounds before fouling out with 17:54 remaining. He played only 12 minutes.
Both teams began the game bombing from long range, combining for eight 3-pointers - four by each team - and 44 points in the first 6ï¿½ minutes.
A 3-pointer by Terrance Johnson and a basket by Acker gave Pepperdine a 29-22 lead. At that stage, the Waves were 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 11-of-19 overall.
Jackson made four free throws - two after being fouled and two more resulting from a technical foul against David Patten.
That triggered a 15-2 run, putting the Ducks ahead 41-35. Jackson had eight points during the spurt, including two more free throws following a technical against the Pepperdine bench.
'We had a chance to build a nice lead in the first half,' Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal said. 'They started calling technicals and all this crazy stuff that turned the momentum.
'I'm not sure we would have won the game because Oregon is very good, but that really turned the game. I'm completely upset about that.'
The Waves outscored Oregon 8-2 to finish the first half and move within two points.
Oregon's No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history. Before this year, the highest the Ducks had been ranked was No. 8 in January 1975.
The Waves played without Will Kimble, who has a heart condition, and Devin Montgomery, who has a broken thumb. Both entered the season as starters.
Kimble, a junior, played in just one game before his problem was diagnosed, scoring six points. His career is probably over. Montgomery averaged 13.3 points in the first four games of the year.
The game was the first for the Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse against a Pac-10 team since they entertained Washington State in 1985.