Ducks Dominate Beavers; Ridnour Sets Free-Throw Record

Feb 15, 2003

AP Sports Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Luke Ridnour scored 18 points and set a newPacific-10 Conference season record with his 51st consecutive successful freethrow as Oregon defeated Oregon State 80-63 Saturday night.

The Ducks (17-6, 7-5) have won nine straight and 19 of the last 20 meetingsbetween the two teams. Earlier this season, Oregon downed the Beavers 79-68 atMcArthur Court in Eugene.

Oregon State (11-10, 4-8) trailed by as many as 21 points for its thirdstraight loss. Brian Jackson led the Beavers with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Beavers closed to within 67-55 on Lamar Hurd's jumper with 10:06 left,but it was the closest they'd come in the second half.

The Ducks took the lead early but the Beavers came within 28-24 on Jackson'sfree throws with 6:10 left before halftime. Andre Joseph responded with a3-pointer and the Ducks took it away from there to lead 47-28 at the half.

Ridnour hit a pair of free throws with 3:25 to go in the first half, givinghim 49 straight to tie Ryan Mendez's record set in 2001 at Stanford. Ridnourbroke the mark with 6:05 to go in the second half by hitting another pair.

The junior guard has not missed a free throw since the Ducks played ArizonaState on Jan. 4.

Andre Joseph and James Davis each pitched in 16 points for Oregon. Ridnouradded nine assists.

The basketball Civil War has been played 318 times, the most of any rivalryin Division I. The two schools first met in 1903.

One notable absence Saturday was Beavers' football coach Dennis Erickson,who on Tuesday left Oregon State for the San Francisco 49ers. Erickson attendedmany of the games at Gill Coliseum, usually sitting a few rows back of thevisitors' bench.

Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis, another familiar figure athome games, was also absent.

De Carolis was not on campus, reportedly because he was in San Diegointerviewing New Orleans Saints assistant Mike Riley for the vacant footballpost.

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