Trip North Yields Split; PAC-10 Lead

Highlighted by career days for Oregon guard James Davis and Washington State guard Marcus Moore, Saturday's contest at Pullman, Washington concluded in a 94-86 victory for the #19 University of Oregon Ducks.

Spurred by hot shooting for both squads, the first half offered spectators with an "anything you can do I can do better" mentality. Both teams traded baskets for nearly the entire first half, and Oregon took a 43-34 lead into the half.

In the second half, the Ducks opened up a 21 point lead 73-52 on a Luke Ridnour runner with 10:25 to go. The Cougars came right back with a 17-2 run to close it to 75-70 with 5:40 to go in the game. Oregon was able to take control from there with six quick points, and put Washington State away.

Oregon was led by career highs from Davis and Ridnour with 21 and 24 points respectively. Frederick Jones added 14 points and nine rebounds. Luke Jackson also put 11 points up in the effort.

The man keeping it close for the Cougs was sophomore guard Marcus Moore, who had a career high with 35 points and seven assists. Moore was 5-12 in the game on three pointers, including two big ones in the closing minutes. The only other Washington State player in double figures was junior guard Jerry McNair with 11.

"(Marcus) Moore had a big game tonight, and we withstood that, and that was pretty good for us," Oregon coach Ernie Kent told OSN after the game.

Oregon's all around shooting was phenomenal, as they went 52.8% from the field, 87.9% from the line and a stellar 56.3% from three point land. If there was a difference in this game, it was Washington State's failure to match Oregon's shooting numbers going 47.7% from the field, 73.7% at the line, and 34.5% from beyond the arc.

Washington State continues their dismal year, remaining winless in PAC-10 play at 0-10 and a lowly 4-14 record for the season. The Cougars will face in state rival Washington on Thursday at home.

Tied for the PAC-10 lead with a 7-2 conference record and 15-5 overall, the Ducks head back to the friendly confines of McArthur Court to begin their stretch run at the PAC-10 Title Thursday against UCLA.

"We need to feel really good about where we've put ourselves, but we need to focus on the rest of the season. It's going to be a tough road, but if we stick together we can do this," James Davis said.

Statistics from www.goducks.com.


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