Ducks Rough Up Tigers

Nov 30, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Luke Jackson was off his game. Luke Ridnour did more than enough to make up for it.

Ridnour had 24 points and seven assists as No. 10 Oregon beat Pacific 88-69 Saturday night despite getting only eight points from Jackson on 2-of-13 shooting.

'It says a lot about our team that we can have an off night shooting (from Jackson) and we can still score 88 points,' Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. 'It says a lot about our depth.'

Andre Joseph and James Davis added 14 points each, and reserve freshman center Ian Crosswhite scored 12 for the Ducks (3-0). Jackson, the team's star forward, did have a career-high 12 rebounds and five steals.

Jackson did not grab a rebound in a win over Cal-State Northridge on Monday.

'We challenged Luke this week and he responded,' Kent said.

Oregon won its 19th straight game at McArthur Court and is closing in on the school record of 23, set from 1937-39.

Myree Bowden led Pacific (1-2) with 20 points, while Demetrius Jackson added 14 and Miah Davis 12, including a 3-pointer from halfcourt at the final buzzer.

James Davis hit two of his four 3-pointers in a 17-3 run at the start of the second half. Ridnour had seven points during that stretch as Oregon opened a 56-36 lead.

Ridnour was 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, but he made both of his long-range shots during the second-half spurt. He finished 9-for-14 from the field.

'We really picked it up in the second half, obviously,' Ridnour said. 'But we still have a ways to go with this team. We're winning games but we're not where we think this team can be.'

The Oregon defense clamped down in the second half as well, limiting the Tigers to only two field goals in the first seven minutes.

Pacific, which trailed only 39-33 at the break, was able to hang around in the first half by shooting 45 percent. However, the Tigers hit only 33 percent in the second.

Still, the Tigers were able to take advantage of a 1-for-9 shooting stretch by Oregon midway through the second half, cutting the Ducks' lead to 72-57 with a 14-2 run.

But Joseph scored five straight points as Oregon regained its 20-point lead and coasted the rest of the way.

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