Men's Basketball Hosts Athletes in Action

Nov. 13, 2000

EUGENE -- The Oregon men's basketball team closes the exhibition season Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court against Athletes in Action, a touring team that has compiled a 5-9 mark against Division I opponents with a game Monday night at Oregon State.

The Ducks are again expected to dress 14 of their 15 players. Senior center Flo Hartenstein, who started all 30 games for Oregon last season, continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and is not expected to see any action.

In their first exhibition outing Nov. 6 against the Basketball Travelers, senior forward Bryan Bracey and freshman guard James Davis led the Ducks with 21 points a piece. Junior guard Frederick Jones scored 15 points and tied for team-high rebound honors, seven, with junior center Chris Christoffersen. Junior guard Anthony Norwood added 11 for Oregon, while freshman wing Luke Jackson scored nine and freshman guard Luke Ridnour added seven points with seven assists and no turnovers.

Athletes in Action features a couple of names who might be familiar to college basketball fans. Former Notre Dame guard Ryan Hoover, a 1996 graduate, is a member of the team, as is 1987 Washington graduate Phil Zevenbergen, a 6-9 center.

In addition to Hartenstein (3.7 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game), Oregon returns starting guard Jones, a junior (9.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), and six reserves, including Bracey (8.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), senior forward/center Julius Hicks (4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg), senior guard David Jackson (5.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg), Norwood (3.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg), Christoffersen (3.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and junior guard Ben Lindquist (2.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg). Walk-on senior guard Kristian Christensen and sophomore guard Nate Smith also return from last year's team that went 22-8 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The regular season gets underway Friday night when the Ducks host Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. at Mac Court.

Reserved tickets for the exhibition are $18. General admission tickets are priced at $11 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

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