Ducks Drill Long Beach State, 97-67
Nov 17, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Luke Ridnour had 18 points and seven assists as Oregonremained undefeated this season with a 97-67 win against Long Beach State inthe America's Youth Classic on Saturday night.
For the third straight game, the Ducks (3-0) held the rebound advantage(35-33) and made more than half their field-goal attempts (35-65) en route totheir highest point total of the young season.
'It was a tough three days, but we got three wins that were confidence games.' said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. 'It showed that if we can play within the system, we're going to have success.'
Oregon had scoring runs of 9-0 and 18-0 to start the game as it took anearly 27-5 lead. James Davis came off the bench to score eight of the final 10 points in the last run, while the 49ers countered with only two field goals inthe first 13 minutes of the game.
Long Beach State fought its way back into the game, however, scoring 22points in the final seven minutes, including nine from James Williams, who ledthe 49ers with 17 overall.
But Oregon still maintained a 44-27 advantage at the break, and took littletime extending it once the second half started, taking a 30-point lead on athree-pointer by Anthony Lever that made it 69-39 at the 11:25 mark and theteams played evenly until the end.
'We knew coming into the season that our perimeter game was going to be pretty good,' said Kent. 'And, not just the two Luke's and Freddie, but Ben Lindquist and James Davis as well. The key question was going to be our inside game and I think they answered that because we're scoring well and had a great three games.'
Joining Jones, who climbed into a tie for fifth in UO career steals versus the 49ers, on the all-tounament team were Oregon's Robert Johnson, the 49ers' Williams, Joey Ball of Alabama State and Steve Reynold of Western Michigan.
'Freddie is playing at an all-conference level right now and we need him to continue to play like that,' Kent said. 'It's a good thing that he hustled down on defense because there's a lot of healthy competition on this team and if he didn't run down to get on defense he'd be running to me probably.'
Jones now has 91 career steals to tie Felton Sealey (1977-81). He moved past Gary Greatwood (88/1979-84).
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