No. 5 Ducks Beat Waves 105-90
Dec. 14, 2002
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Luke Jackson scored 27 points, and freshman IanCrosswhite scored 12 of his career-high 19 in the last seven minutes Saturdaynight as No. 5 Oregon beat Pepperdine 105-90.
Robert Johnson had a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds; Luke Ridnourscored 15 points, and James Davis added 12 for the Ducks (6-0), who made 20 of27 shots (74.1 percent) in the second half and 36-of-60 (60 percent) overall.
Jackson also had seven rebounds and six assists.
Johnson made two baskets early in the second half to snap a 59-all tie, andJackson scored twice following steals to make it 70-62.
But the Waves battled back, drawing within three points on freshman AlexAcker's basket with 10:26 to play.
Pepperdine drew within three points two more times before the Ridnour made a3-pointer and Crosswhite scored the next seven points to make it 92-79 with4:48 remaining.
The Waves weren't closer than eight points after that. Crosswhite'sthree-point play with 1:47 left made it 99-88.
Jimmy Miggins led Pepperdine (3-3) with a career-high 24 points. Acker added16 points and Boomer Brazzle and Terrance Johnson scored 14 each for the Waves,who lost despite shooting 51.5 percent (35-of-68).
Pepperdine's Glen McGowan, playing his first game of the season afterrecovering from knee surgery, had seven points and six rebounds before foulingout with 17:54 remaining. He played only 12 minutes.
Both teams began the game bombing from long range, combining for eight3-pointers - four by each team - and 44 points in the first 6ï¿½ minutes.
A 3-pointer by Terrance Johnson and a basket by Acker gave Pepperdine a29-22 lead. At that stage, the Waves were 5-of-6 from 3-point range and11-of-19 overall.
Jackson made four free throws - two after being fouled and two moreresulting from a technical foul against David Patten.
That triggered a 15-2 run, putting the Ducks ahead 41-35. Jackson had eightpoints during the spurt, including two more free throws following a technicalagainst the Pepperdine bench.
The Waves outscored Oregon 8-2 to finish the first half and move within twopoints.
Oregon's No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history. Before this year,the highest the Ducks had been ranked was No. 8 in January 1975.
The Waves played without Will Kimble, who has a heart condition, and DevinMontgomery, who has a broken thumb. Both entered the season as starters.
Kimble, a junior, played in just one game before his problem was diagnosed,scoring six points. His career is probably over. Montgomery averaged 13.3points in the first four games of the year.
The game was the first for the Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse against aPac-10 team since they entertained Washington State in 1985.