Ducks Make Move Towards Top-25

Not since the 1982-83 season has the Oregon Men's basketball team completed a sweep of Arizona Wildcats. Tonight, they did just that by defeating the 14th ranked team in the country by way of a 90-80 victory at Lute Olson Court in Tucson.

Once again the Ducks took advantage of stellar 3 point shooting, going 10-17 on the night. Sophomore guard Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Ridnour also led the Ducks in scoring with 23 points and 10 assists. Other Ducks in double figures were Luke Jackson with 21 points, Freddie Jones with 12, and Jimmy Davis with 10 all coming in the second half.

Jason Gardner led the Wildcats with 22 points while shooting 7-19 from the field. With the absence of Luke Walton, freshmen Salim Stoudamire and Will Bynum stepped up by adding 16 and 15 points respectively. Forward Rick Anderson added 11 for 'Zona.

Oregon coach Ernie Kent told OSN, "We (knew) everything (Arizona) was doing, and everything they were going to do." This was illustrated by Oregon slightly out rebounding Arizona (36-33) and playing great team defense, holding Arizona to only 43% on field goals.

Another strong performance came from Oregon backup center Brian Helquist. He finished with five points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, numbers pleasing to his head coach, "Helquist became a dominant big man on the floor. He didn't score a lot, but he didn't let (Arizona) score," Kent told OSN.

The Wildcats made a run at the Ducks with 16:00 to go in the second half to cut Oregon's lead to 53-45. Oregon came right back however with a James Davis 3 pointer and a Luke Ridnour runner to push it back to a 13 point lead.

Possibly the most electrifying play of the Ducks' season thus far was a fast break alley-oop from Ridnour to Freddie Jones. Unlike traditional lob passes, this dish caromed off the glass to Jones, who put the last nail in Arizona's coffin via a thunderous two-handed dunk.

This win makes six straight for the Ducks and their first on the road. Sitting atop the PAC-10 with a3-0 conference record, Oregon looks to go 10-3 on the season Sunday, when they face off with the Arizona State Sun Devils. A win at ASU will keep Oregon in first place in the PAC-10 and full of confidence heading into their next series with the Northern California schools in Eugene.


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