Oregon Sinks Portland 88-70
Dec 23, 2003
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Luke Jackson rebounded from a cold-shooting first halfto score 19 points and lead Oregon to an 88-70 victory over Portland on Monday.
The win avenged a surprising loss that Oregon (5-2) suffered at Portland(5-5) two years ago.
Jackson made only 2-of-9 shots in the first half, but the Ducks hit 6-of-93-pointers to get a 34-28 lead by the half.
Jackson heated up in the second half but he didn't get his first basket ofthe period until the 10:45 mark. Then he scored on a slam dunk after driving tothe baseline. That put the Ducks ahead 59-46.
The 6-foot-7 senior followed that with a layup and two 3-pointers to pushOregon's lead to 67-52. Oregon had its biggest advantage of the game when AndreJoseph hit a 3-pointer to make the score 74-54 with 6:22 remaining.
For the game, the Ducks made a season-high 15 3-pointers out of 21 attempts,for an astounding 71 percent.
James Davis led the way by making 5-of-8 3-pointers. He finished with 18points. Jackson and Joseph, who wound up with 15 points, both hit a trio of3-pointers.
Even 6-foot-11 Ian Crosswhite got in on the act by hitting his only 3-pointattempt. He finished with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Eugene Jeter led Portland with 19 points but was only 1-of-7 from beyond thearc.
Portland entered the game as the nation's third-best 3-pointer shootingteam. The Pilots improved on their percentage, hitting 8-of-19 for 42 percentbut they couldn't keep pace with the Ducks.