Ducks Rally Past Cougars

AP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. - Luke Ridnour scored 28 points, and No. 23 Oregonovercame a first-half deficit to beat injury-riddled Washington State 76-66Saturday night for the Cougars' eighth-straight loss.

The Ducks (14-4, 4-3 Pacific-10), playing without injured starting forwardLuke Jackson, trailed 32-31 at the halftime. But they but came back withrenewed energy to lead by as many as 13 points in the second half.

Washington State (5-12, 0-8) rallied to tie it at 51 on Chris Schlatter'sjumper with 7:19 left. But Oregon scored the next 11 points, and the Cougarsnever regained the lead.

Thomas Kelati led Washington State with 18 points.

Ridnour had seven assists and was 11-for-11 at the free-throw line. TheDucks made 19 of 19 foul shots overall.

The Cougars took a 7-0 lead, but Oregon chipped away, going up 12-10 on IanCrosswhite's 3-pointer. Ridnour put the Ducks ahead 19-14 with a steal andfast-break layup.

The Cougars kept up the pressure, tying the game at 21 on JustinBellegarde's tip-in before going up 28-23 on Jerry McNair's 3-pointer.

Jackson was hurt in Thursday night's 91-66 victory over Washington, when heseriously cut his right ring finger after apparently catching it on anotherplayer's jersey.

Jackson, who had about a dozen stitches, sat on the Oregon bench Saturdaynight wearing his team warmups with his hand generously taped.

Jackson, a left-handed shooter, will have his injury re-evaluated next week,and his status for games at UCLA and Southern California remained uncertain.

A 6-foot-7 junior, Jackson was averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1assists for the Ducks.

Moore, the Cougars' leading scorer and rebounder, announced earlier in theweek that he would have surgery for bone spurs and bone chips in his rightankle and probably would miss the rest of the season.

Moore, averaging 19.3 points and 5.9 rebounds, also missed WashingtonState's 63-48 loss to Oregon State on Thursday.

Forward Milton Riley also was out this week after he reaggravated a backfracture he first sustained on Jan. 2 against Southern California. Fellowforward Shami Gill couldn't play because of an injured left leg.



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