"Thank God for Mac Court"

Welcome back to 1937-38. What do we mean? Not since the 1937-38 season has the University of Oregon basketball team gone 16-0 at home. The #17 Ducks returned to ground not seen in 64 years with their 90-84 win over the Washington Huskies, Saturday at Mac Court.

On senior night, Oregon's most notable senior went out with a bang. Guard Freddie Jones started the game scoring 15 of the Ducks' first 18 points, finishing the night with 33 points and seven rebounds. Jones was also 5-7 from three point land in 36 minutes of play.

The Ducks also had great games out of sophomore forward Luke Jackson and senior reserve guard Anthony Lever. Jackson had 23 points on 7-14 shooting. Lever had 11 points and was again perfect from downtown going 3-3. Luke Ridnour dished out 10 assists and had five steals.

Washington was led by an amazing effort out of sophomore guard Doug Wrenn. He went 10-19 from the floor for 27 points and 8 rebounds. The Huskies other sophomore guard, Curtis Allen went 5-6 from long range and had 18 points. Center David Dixon, one of three seniors on the team had nine rebounds in 35 minutes.

"(Washington) came out hard. Doug (Wrenn) went at us, he and the rest of their team played well," Oregon guard Freddie Jones told OSN after the game.

Tonight's game almost felt like an NBA All-Star Saturday Night with a three point barrage by both teams. Oregon was 12-19 for a 63% mark and Washington was 9-14 for a 64% mark from long range. True to life, following the three point barrage was a two man dunk contest, a la Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins, with the role of Jordan being played by Oregon's Freddie Jones and Wilkins played by Washington's Doug Wrenn. Both players provided the fans with a great show in the open floor.

In an event not typically seen on NBA All-Star Saturday night, free throw shooting was the difference in the game. Oregon was 20-24 for 76.9% from the charity stripe, while the Dawgs were only 11-22. Possibly the only place Doug Wrenn struggled tonight was from the free throw line. Wrenn shot an abysmal 7-13, failing to convert on six points that turned out to be the difference in the game.

One possible for Wrenn's struggles at the line might have been the fact that during two of his attempts late in the game the Washington basket ceased to stand still as a result of a raucous Mac Court crowd. It was at least two minutes before Coach Ernie Kent was able to calm down the fans. This incident once again demonstrated why Oregon's sixth man is the best in the PAC-10.

"I want to thank this community and thank God for Mac Court," Kent told OSN. "16-0 speaks for that."

With a PAC-10 record of 4-13, Washington next faces in state rival Washington State, looking to sneak into the PAC-10 Tournament as the number eight seed.

The Ducks go to Los Angeles with a 12-4 PAC-10 record and 20-7 overall looking to bring home their first PAC-10 title in history. Two wins would give Oregon that monumental championship. Thursday's game at USC will be at 7:00pm.

Stats from www.goducks.com

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