Still Packing The Pit Even At 75

On the night Mac Court celebrated its 75th anniversary, The Pit played host to it's largest non-conference crowd of the season. The 8,561 fans witnessed a lackluster performance from the home team. Despite their lack of enthusiasm and crisp play, the #23 Oregon Ducks managed to come out with a 71-48 victory over the Willamette Bearcats.

In a game that was slow out of the blocks the physically overmatched Bearcats managed to stay close with the Ducks until midway through the first half. Much of this could be attributed to the Bearcats hustle and scrappy play as they out rebounded the Ducks 44-38.

Oregon's top performance on the night came from guard Freddie Jones who had 19 points, eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Also in double figures for the Ducks were Luke Jackson and James Davis with 14 and 10 points respectively.

The Bearcats were led by B.J. Dobrkovsky's 13 points while Marques Johnson added 10 points and 14 rebounds. No other Bearcat reached double figures in points or rebounds, but guard Ryan Hepp was short of a different kind of double-double with nine points and nine turnovers.

Shot making was the difference in the game. Oregon shot 44.8% from the field, while Willamette could only muster a 28.6% mark. The Ducks were also 40% from beyond the arc, shooting twice as well as Willamette's 20%.

Coach Ernie Kent was not too bothered by the Ducks' performance however. "Well the biggest thing was to not get hurt and get the work in," he told OSN after the game.

If there was one highlight that stood out it would have to be the halftime celebration, commemorating the 75th anniversary of McArthur Court. Many former players were on hand including members of the Tall Firs, Kamikaze Kids and just about every era in between.

Oregon looks next to the Civil War on Saturday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The Ducks look to possibly sneak into first place in the PAC-10 with a win and a USC loss. Currently the Ducks sit in second place with a 5-1conference record, 13-4 overall. The Ducks next return home for a battle with the UCLA Bruins on January 31st.

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