Cougars Fall To Oregon In Pac-10 Play

Jan 17, 2004

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Luke Jackson scored 19 points and Andre Joseph 14 asOregon defeated Washington State 60-45 Saturday.

Oregon, which leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 42.9percent, made 10-of-18 long-range shots, with Jackson alone contributing fiveon seven attempts.

Washington State's stubborn defense and methodical offense, however, helpedhold the Ducks to their lowest point total of the season, and only one fieldgoal in the final 10:52 of the game.

Oregon countered by allowing the fewest number of points to an opponentsince beating USC 53-40 on Jan. 7, 1988.

Shami Gill led Washington State with nine points and 13 rebounds.

While Oregon was building a 16-5 lead in the opening seven minutes of thegame, the Cougars were struggling to make a basket, missing on all but two oftheir first 14 field-goal attempts.

The Ducks had no such problems. Jackson and Davis had 10 points each in thefirst half, including back-to-back 3-pointers to put Oregon up 35-18 at thebreak.

The Cougars, meanwhile, shot only 25 percent in the first half and 28percent overall.

It was reminiscent of Washington State's performance against Oregon State onThursday night, when the Cougars shot 28.6 percent in a 52-41 loss to theBeavers.

They were much improved in the second half, making 5-of-10 shots in thefirst six minutes.

But Oregon was equally as hot, putting the game well out of reach with a10-0 run midway through that included 3-pointers by Jackson, Joseph and JayAnderson.

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