At The Pit, Rankings Don't Matter

Nearly 21 years since their worst defeat to Oregon at Mac Court, number 10 Arizona set a new mark via a 30-point loss to the PAC-10 leading Ducks. Highlighted by an 11-2 run midway through the first half, Oregon took a 32-23 lead with 8:30 to go and never looked back, winning 105-75.

Luke Jackson led the Ducks with 28 points, adding five rebounds and four assists. The supporting cast included 21 points from Frederick Jones, 18 points from Luke Ridnour, 14 points from James Davis and 10 points from 7-3 center Chris Christoffersen.

Leading the way for Arizona was guard Jason Gardner with 19 points. Freshman center Channing Frye added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Cats. The only other Wildcats in double figures were Rick Anderson and Salim Stoudamire both with 12 points.

Oregon's bread and butter for the night was the three-point field goal, shooting 59 per cent from beyond the arc. Arizona however finished the night 6-15 from three-point land. For the Ducks, James Davis was 4-5 on three-point attempts including back to back bombs during Oregon's big run in the middle of the first half.

The rebound battle was fairly square, as Oregon pulled down 38, and Arizona grabbed 33. Oregon's Christoffersen and Arizona's Frye led each of their teams with 9 boards on the night.

Oregon's high percentage three point shooting and timely running game allowed the Ducks to continually expand their lead over the Wildcats. In the second half, Arizona failed to come within 10 points of Oregon, a result of Zona's poor shooting from all over the floor.

Second half penetration by the Ducks was also tough for Arizona to stop as James Davis, Luke Ridnour and Frederick Jones drove the lane and created opportunities for themselves and others.

This victory puts the Ducks at 2-0 in PAC-10 play, with the Morris Brown Wolverines coming to town on December 27th. Oregon will look to repeat the sweep of the Arizona schools when they travel to the desert for a game with the Cats on January 4, 2002.

Official Stats from goducks.com.


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