Oregon Tops Massachusetts, 91-76

Dec. 2, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. - Bryan Bracey had a career-high 24 points and FreddieJones added 23 as Oregon improved to 5-0 for only the second time in 26 yearsby defeating Massachusetts 91-76 Saturday night.

Oregon continued its best start since the 1996-97 team went 10-0. Beforethat, the last time the Ducks won their first five games was in 1974-75, whenthey also started 10-0.

Massachusetts (1-3) was led by Monty Mack's 26 points, but he had just sixin the second half. Micah Brand added 19.

Anthony Norwood added 12 points as Oregon scored a season-high 50 in thefirst half and withstood a sloppy second half plagued by fouls and turnovers.

The Minutemen were outrebounded for the fourth straight time this season,34-26. They were beaten 52-30 in that department during a 23-point loss to HolyCross last Saturday.

UMass trailed by 10 at halftime, and stayed within striking distance formuch of the second half. But the team hurt itself badly with two mentalmistakes that resulted in a six-point possession for the Ducks.

With Oregon ahead 58-52, UMass' Jackie Rogers was called for an intentionalfoul on Jones, who made both free throws. The Minutemen's Eric Williams wasthen whistled for a technical after throwing an elbow at Anthony Norwood, whomade two more from the line.

Oregon kept the ball, and Jones made a mid-range jumper for a 64-52 leadwith 9:42 to go. UMass got within 67-62, but the Ducks put it away withconsecutive jumpers by Ben Lindquist and Bracey with 5:54 left.

AP Sports Writer

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