Ducks Cage Up Cougars

In a contest that wasn't even as close as the score, the #17 University of Oregon Ducks blew out the lowly Washington State Cougars 115-77 in front of 9,050 at Mac Court in Eugene.

For the first time all season, every single Duck player scored a field goal. Even walk-on senior Kristian Christensen scored a lay-up in the waning minutes. Leading the way for the Ducks was Luke Ridnour with 25 points and five steals. Also in double figures for Oregon was Freddie Jones with 18, Luke Jackson with 17, Anthony Lever with 14 and Robert Johnson with 10. Oregon's 115 points were the most since they beat Hawaii-Hilo 115-81 during the 1994 season.

The Cougars were led by Marcus Moore who went 10-22 from the floor and had 34 points. Jay Locklier and Jerry McNair also had 12 and 10 points respectively.

Oregon's shooting was what really set them apart on the night. The Ducks shot 63.2% from the field, 92.9% from the line and 61.5% from three-point land. Washington State only shot 46.8% from the field and 29.4% from downtown. Many Wazzu shots seemed rushed and forced where as Oregon stayed in their offensive flow. Even when the Duck bench went in the offense continued to work well.

"Our bench is so deep; we don't have slippage when the starters go out," Oregon guard Anthony Lever told OSN after the game. Washington State is now 1-15 in conference play, 5-19 overall, with their next contest at Oregon State on Saturday. They have officially been eliminated from any chance of playing in the PAC-10 Tournament.

The Ducks move to 11-4 in the PAC-10 and 19-7 overall, tied with USC atop the conference. Oregon will play 4-12 Washington on Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks will finish with an unblemished home record if they get a win on Saturday against the Huskies. As Ernie Kent has stressed all season, the players cannot let themselves look past the Dawgs.

"We have to make sure our emotions are in check for the game on Saturday," Coach Kent told OSN.

Saturday's game will start at 7:00 and will be on OSN television.

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