Revenge

Two years ago, Oregon's season almost ended at the Chiles Center in Portland. The Ducks were on a brutal road trip that featured losses to Massachusetts and Minnesota. In Portland, the Ducks were tired and lost a heartbreaker 79-78 to the Portland Pilots. <br><br> (PHOTO LEFT) Luke Jackson (33) shoots over Dustin Geddis (44). (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

As the Ducks were leaving the arena, a number of Portland fans taunted the Ducks, throwing things at the bus and yelling that the Pilots were the best team in the state.

"We wouldn't forget something like that," Oregon guard James Davis said.

The last thing the Ducks (5-2) wanted was for a repeat of their most recent game in the Chiles Center. Coming off a loss to Alabama, the stage was set for a repeat of that 2001-2002 game.

"Losing here was the worst loss I can remember at Oregon," Oregon forward Luke Jackson said. "I wanted this win so bad."

After letting the Pilots (5-5) hang around for a while, the Ducks used scorching hot three point shooting to pull away and win 88-70 in front of the sixth largest crowd in Chiles Center history.

Oregon tied a Chiles Center record by making 15 long-range bombs, tying the record set by Loyola Marymount in 1998. The Ducks went 15-21 from three-point land for a 71 percent mark.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Oregon's Luke Jackson (33) lays the all up as Portland's Dustin Geddis (44) defends during the second half Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Portland, Ore. Jackson led Oregon with 19 points helping his team defeat Portland 88-70. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

"They are a great shooting team and we had to extend but they knocked down every shot," Portland coach Michael Holton said.

James Davis was 5-8 from outside on his way to 18 points. His second three of the game provided a first for the senior from Evergreen High School in Vancouver. Davis caught the ball in rhythm on the left wing and pulled up for a three-pointer. Pilot guard Casey Frandsen flew at him and right after Davis released the ball, Frandsen fouled him. Davis drilled the three then went to the line and hit the free throw for a four-point play, the first in his career.

"Whenever you can get a (free throw) and one three pointer it feels pretty good," Davis said.

Not only was Davis hitting but five other Ducks were over 50 percent from long range. Guard Andre Joseph was 3-3 on his was to 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Luke Jackson was 3-5 from deep and finished with 19 points and eight boards. Sophomore guard and Portland native, Brandon Lincoln went 2-3 from outside. Center Ian Crosswhite and guard Jordan Kent both were 1-1. Crosswhite had 18 points and nine boards.

The Ducks did a spectacular job moving the ball tonight. Not only did they make the extra pass, but often they made one more beyond that. That passing freed up the sharp shooting Ducks for those three pointers.

"It looks like art, at times, when they share the ball like that," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. Oregon, as would be expected, pushed the ball all night long. Portland wanted to run as well, but by the end of the game, they weren't able to keep up with the Ducks.

(PHOTO LEFT) Portland's Patrick Galos, left, passes around Oregon's Luke Jackson during the first half Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Chiles Center in Portland Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

"They're a great running team," Portland guard Pooh Jeter said. "When you try to run it back at them, you're going to be a little tired." Jeter led the Pilots with 19 points and six assists.

Even shooting as well as they did, for much of the game, this was not just a runaway win for the Ducks. Portland battled until Oregon went on a 13-4 run with just over nine minutes left in the game. The Pilots, who coming into this game were the No. 3 team in the nation in three-point accuracy, continued that trend, shooting 42 percent from long range. These threes kept them going and often killed any momentum that Oregon would have.

"Portland is so dangerous at home," Jackson said. "They have so many guys who are so confident coming off of screens and not even looking at the rim. They can really shoot it."

Ernie Kent gave many Oregon fans reason to smile when in the post game interview he explained that forward Mitch Platt is expected to be back for Pac-10 play. The return of Platt will give Oregon more presence on the inside. Next up for Oregon is a holiday break before getting back to practice. The Ducks won't have another game until Friday, January 2nd, at USC.


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