No. 23 Oregon Blows Out Washington
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Despite an initially scary injury to forward LukeJackson, No. 23 Oregon easily defeated Washington 91-66 Thursday night.
Jackson was whisked from McArthur Court with just under six minutes left inthe first half, bleeding profusely from his right hand after a collision withWashington's Doug Wrenn.
Oregon officials said the injury turned out to be a cut to Jackson's rightring finger that required stitches, but there didn't appear to be furtherdamage.
Jackson, a lefty averaging 17.1 points going into Thursday's game, did notreturn. Oregon (13-4, 3-3) didn't need him and led by as many as 39 points inthe second half.
Washington (7-9, 2-5), which has gone just 1-5 on the road this season, wasall but powerless against the faster and more savvy Ducks. Despite a victoryover Stanford last Saturday, the Huskies have lost four of the last fiveoverall.
Luke Ridnour had 15 points and 11 assists, while James Davis scored 18points in Oregon's third straight victory.
Washington was led by freshman guard Nate Robinson with 18 points. Fellowfreshman Mike Jensen added 13 points.
The Ducks led 48-25 at the half, for their biggest halftime lead of theseason and Washington's greatest deficit.
After Ridnour put the Ducks ahead 63-33 with 15:33 left he screamedtriumphantly 'Yeah! Let's go!' to the capacity crowd at Mac Court, whereOregon is 26-1 over the last two seasons.
The Ducks were ranked as high as No. 5, Oregon's highest ranking ever, butthey fell in the poll with losses in three of their last six games - allagainst conference opponents.
Jackson, the only player in the Pac-10's top 10 rankings for points,rebounds, assists and steals, returned to the floor midway through the secondhalf with his hand taped and wearing a sling.
Jackson was not likely to play Saturday when the Ducks host WashingtonState.
It was the 270th meeting between the two teams, in a series that dates backto the 1903-04 season. The Huskies lead the series 172-98.