Oregon Routs Australians 135-86

Nov. 6, 2002

EUGENE - Luke Jackson scored 32 points, 21 in the first half, as Oregon opened the exhibition season with a 135-86 victory Wednesday over Australia Institute of Sport.

Jackson, a junior from Creswell, helped the ninth-ranked Ducks go on a 51-19 tear in the final 12 minutes of the first half as Oregon built an insurmountable 79-37 lead at intermission. The Ducks shot a remarkable 70.5 percent (31-of-44) from the field in the first half.

Jackson finished the night with nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Four other Ducks joined Jackson in double figures including Luke Ridnour who had 18 points and 13 assists. Oregon's Ian Crosswhite, a native of Australia playing against several of his former teammates, scored 19 points.

Junior college transfer Andre Joseph made his UO debut with 19 points, while junior James Davis added 17. Other Ducks seeing their first action of their careers included freshmen Matt Short, who had six points and four rebounds, Brandon Lincoln, who scored six, and Tyler York, who had two points.

The McArthur Court crowd of 8,206 saw what is likely the highest point total ever scored at the 76-year-old facility. The Ducks' 135 points was well above the Mac record of 116 scored in 1974-75 against Villanova.

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