Dominated

Well, Oregon did get a split in the desert, right? And at least this wasn't as bad as Oregon's trip to Tucson in 1991 when they lost by 51, right? Oregon fans can look to those as two positives after the Ducks were slaughtered by the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats, 90-66 in Tucson today. <br><br> Oregon's Andre Joseph (35) drives around Arizona's Channing Fyre, right, for a shot during the second half at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004. (AP Photo/John Miller)

Believe it or not, Oregon actually was tied with Arizona at one point in this game, albeit at 11-11 with just less than 16 minutes to play in the first half. Then it all went to heck for the Ducks.

The Ducks stopped making baskets and Arizona got scorching hot. In about a seven minute span, Arizona went on a 22-2 run behind the play of Ivan Radenovic and Andre Iguodala. The pair scored 16 of the 22 points the Cats netted during the run.

"When (shots) didn't go, we hung our heads a little," Oregon Coach Ernie Kent told OSN. "We tried to get them fired up in the huddle and they didn't respond."

By now, the Ducks were down 36-15 with just over seven minutes in the half.

It was over.

Arizona was just too good and the Ducks were way too sloppy. Turnover after turnover marked the Duck first half. At one point late in the half, the turnover margin was 12-1 in favor of Arizona.

Oregon couldn't do anything if their season depended on it. Arizona was fantastic.

"I don't think that we could have played much better than we did in the first half," Arizona Coach Lute Olson told arizonaathletics.com. "The first half was just spectacular."

The Cats created so many points and dunks off of Oregon's 19 turnovers that at one point the game looked like the lay-up lines in a high school pep rally. First Channing Frye would throw down, then Hassan Adams would catch an alley-oop. It was dunk after dunk.

"This game was lost in terms of turnovers, not blocking out and letting this team get out into transition and into their comfort zone," Kent told OSN.

Arizona was led by Adams' 20 points and four assists. Radenovic had 19 and Frye had 18 points. Frye also had 11 boards, seven of them on the offensive glass.

Andre Iguodala finished with 14 points for Arizona, but his best work came on the defensive end where he drew Luke Jackson as his match-up. The Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate did finish with 20 points and six rebounds, but he also committed eight turnovers, many of them due to the defensive pressure of Iguodala.

"Andre (Iguodala) did an outstanding job on Luke Jackson," Olson told arizonaathletics.com.

The Ducks looked especially poor on the glass today. The Cats out-rebounded the Ducks 42-30. The six from Jackson and six more from guard Andre Joseph led the Ducks. Oregon's big men combined for ten boards. Five of those rebounds came from Mitch Platt in 18 minutes of play.

"We lost a little bit of ground in this game in terms of areas we've worked on, like toughness and rebounding the basketball," Kent told OSN.

The bigs for Oregon also only combined for one block, eight turnovers and four assists.

Platt and Ian Crosswhite did provide much of Oregon's scoring though. Crosswhite had 11 and Platt had 10.

It also hurt Oregon that guard James Davis didn't ever get going. The normally hot-handed sharpshooter finished with only five points on 2-10 shooting from the floor.

As a team, the Ducks were only 5-19 from long range. Not the type of number you would expect from a team leading the nation in three point shooting.

The Cats also did an extremely good job of taking care of the ball. Either that, or Oregon did a very poor job at trying to take it away. Arizona finished with just nine turnovers and the Ducks only had two steals.

Oregon comes home to Mac Court for a showdown with California on Thursday at 7:30.

"Cal is a huge game for us," Kent told OSN. "It's the game that gives a winning record in the first half of the Pac-10 season. We need a bunch of energy in (Mac Court) on Thursday."


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