The Late Show With Luke Jackson

As the Late Show turned into the Late Late Show, Oregon's Luke Jackson turned in another incredible performance, this one on a nationally televised stage. This stage was better than the Ed Sullivan Theater though, it was Mac Court, rocking and rolling like it did in the days of Ronnie Lee and Greg Ballard. <br><br>(PHOTO LEFT) Oregon's Ian Crosswhite shoots under pressure from Colorado's Lamar Harris at McArthur Court on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

After trailing by 15 points at the half, the Oregon Ducks came back behind 29 straight second half points by Jackson to beat the Colorado Buffalos 77-72 in overtime.

Jackson's amazing effort didn't just end with those 29 points. He had 40 overall and grabbed seven boards in 44 minutes of play. The senior from Creswell went 10-19 from the floor and 15-16 from the charity stripe.

"It's the best (performance) I've seen anywhere," Oregon Coach Ernie Kent said of Jackson. "I don't think you can tell me another guy in the last 20 years who dominated like that."

Colorado Coach Ricardo Patton had similar thoughts.

"He's the best player we've played against all season long," he said.

Jackson's magical stretch came amidst a Duck comeback for the ages. The Ducks finished the first half down 45-30 and looked very sloppy. Colorado had out-rebounded the Ducks 22-13 and had 10 offensive boards. Because of that, the Buffs shot eight more times than Oregon did in that period. Oregon was sluggish, not in sync and struggled tremendously at the defensive end.

"I just didn't think we had enough energy in the first half," Kent said. "Andre Joseph had enough energy but the team didn't. We wanted to match Andre's energy."

Joseph was about all Oregon had in that first frame. Although he only scored five of his fourteen points, his defense and hustle were spectacular. His sheer desire kept Oregon from being in a deeper hole.

Then came the second half where the storyline was Oregon's team defense and "Cool Hand Luke" as Patton called him.

Kent made one strategic change at halftime which ignited Oregon's struggling defense.

"We switched out of zone and went to man to man," Joseph said. "Coach challenged every man to shut down his opponent."

And shut down his opponent they did. The Ducks held their Big XII foe to 16 second half points and 11 in overtime. In contrast, Luke Jackson had 33 points during that same stretch.

Not only did the Duck D improve, but Jackson finally was able to take over. Starting at the 7:46 mark with a three pointer off of a Joseph drive and dish, Jackson scored all of Oregon's points until a pair of Joseph free throws with seven seconds left in overtime.

"I didn't even know I had 29 points in a row," Jackson said.

His 29 came from all places but the craziest shot was that which sent the game to overtime. With 13 seconds left and the Ducks down three, Jackson launched a leaning three point try that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. It was Reggie Miller-esque.

"It wasn't a great looking shot, but it went in," Jackson said.

Colorado could have made that three ball less meaningful had Antoine McGee hit both of his free throws on the preceding possession but he only hit one and Oregon had their chance being only down three.

In overtime the Ducks dominated, controlling the flow both offensively and defensively. The desire that was non-existent in the first half was now at full throttle.

"You've got to hand it to Oregon," Colorado Center David Harrison said. "They came out in the second half and played as hard as they could. They didn't want this to be their last game."

Harrison played a great game in his own right finishing with 26 points on 10-14 shooting with 12 rebounds.

It was Jackson, though who was the story tonight. With that amazing performance, the All-American continues to climb in Oregon's record books. His 40 points give him 611 for the season, a number that puts him in sixth place in single season scoring. Greg Ballard is in fifth with 629. He now has 1,925 career points which ties him with former Arizona Wildcat Khalid Reeves for 19th place in the Pac-10 record books in career scoring. Jackson is also now fifth all-time in made field goals at Oregon for a career with 627. Stan Love sits in fourth with 629.

As of now, Oregon isn't sure of who its next opponent will be, where the game will be played or even what day or time it will take place at. What is known, however, is that Oregon will play either George Mason or Austin Peay on Monday or Tuesday. Location and time are also TBA at this point. Of course the Ducks would like another home game, but if this is how he goes out at home, it's alright by Luke Jackson.

"If that was my last chance to play here, it was a good way to go out," he said.

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