Oregon Routs Global Sports

Nov. 11, 2001

EUGENE - Chris Christoffersen scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Oregon rolled to an 85-65 men's basketball exhibition victory over Global Sports Sunday at McArthur Court.

'They've beaten some good teams, so there was some concern,' said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. 'But we wanted to focus on taking control and keeping it once we had it. We didn't want to let them climb back in it.'

Christoffersen hit seven-of-nine field goal attempts and blocked three shots. He was one of five Ducks in double figures. Luke Ridnour scored a game high 16 points and hit 12-of-12 at the free throw line. Frederick Jones added 14 points and five assists, while Robert Johnson scored 11 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Anthony Lever came off the bench and scored 11 points for the Ducks, hitting three-of-four from three-point land.

Former Iowa State star Michael Nurse led Global Sports, which fell to 3-6 on their current tour, with 15 points. He hit five-of-seven from beyond the arc before being ejected after receiving his second technical foul with 6:47 left in the second half. Ramel Lloyd added 11 points for Global Sports.

As a team, Oregon was above the 50 percent mark from the floor for the second straight exhibition. The Ducks managed to hit 52.7 percent of their shots (29-of-55) and had 19 assists on their 29 baskets. The only concern was that for the second straight game, Oregon committed 23 turnovers.

'We need to continue to work hard and stay focused,' said Kent. 'We have a long way to go, but I'm pleased with where we are today.'

It was the second largest defeat for Global Sports. The 20-point difference was second only to the 21-point beating from San Jose State last week, as every Duck but one scored and all played at least five minutes.

'We're going to need our depth starting next week when we play three games in three days,' said Kent.

The Ducks open the regular season by hosting the America's Youth Classic Thursday through Saturday at McArthur Court. The tournament gets underway Thursday at 6 p.m. when Long Beach State and Western Michigan meet. Oregon faces 2001 NCAA tournament team Alabama State at 8:15 in the nightcap.

General admission tickets for the America's Youth Classic go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Duck Ticket Office at the Casanova Center. Prices are $11 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Reserved seats are also still available.


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