No. 5 Ducks Bounce Back Big In Win Over Rattlers

Dec 21, 2002

By ANDREW HINKELMAN
Associated Press Writer

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Coming back home after an embarrassing loss, the fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks turned to their two Lukes to right the ship.

Luke Jackson had his second career triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Luke Ridnour added 21 points as Oregon bounced back with a 107-66 romp over Florida A&M on Friday night.

On Tuesday night, Oregon lost to unranked Cincinnati 77-52 in East Rutherford, N.J.

'Our whole team was really frustrated after that last game,' Jackson said. 'It was good, though, to deal with something like that early in the season. I think our team will learn something from that game.'

It was only the third triple-double in Ducks history. Ron Lee had the first in 1972 and Jackson had the second in 2001.

Since the Pac-10 Conference started keeping track, only two other players have had at least two triple-doubles - California's Jason Kidd, who had four, and Arizona's Loren Woods, who had two.

'I've always tried to play as an all-around player,' Jackson said. 'It feels good to be a part of a list with Jason Kidd and Loren Woods, both who are in the NBA.'

Oregon (7-1) tied a school record with 30 assists on 39 field goals. The Ducks won their 21st consecutive game at home, the fifth-longest streak in the country and second-longest in school history.

'To have 30 assists on 39 baskets tells you something about the chemistry of this group,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. 'They felt bad about the (Cincinnati) loss and wanted to get this community behind them.'

Jermaine Hill led the Rattlers (3-4) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Terrence Woods added 11 points and six boards for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team, which was playing a Pac-10 opponent for the first time.

After a competitive opening nine minutes, the Ducks pulled away from an 18-16 game with a 16-2 run.

'I knew we were going to be a little stagnant starting the game,' Kent said. 'We traveled all night on Tuesday, but once we got our legs underneath us, I thought we were as impressive as we've been all along during the preseason.'

Keyed by a relentless pressure defense, Oregon got transition opportunities and quick looks inside off the halfcourt set to break the Rattlers' spirit.

'It was good for us to get back on the court so quickly,' Ridnour said. 'Now we've got a huge test on Sunday.'

By halftime, the Ducks had a 22-point lead and the focus was on Sunday's matchup with No. 25 Minnesota. The Gophers defeated Oregon 75-72 last year.

Oregon opened the second half with a 23-5 run.

The Ducks had six players in double-figures and five players had at least four assists.

Ian Crosswhite scored 18 points for Oregon. Robert Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds, James Davis had 16 points and Andre Joseph had 13.

Oregon broke 100 points for the second time in three games.

The Rattlers return to their home state to play at Florida on Dec. 30.

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