Ducks Seek Road Win on Saturday

Game 9 could be a true indicator of what is in store for the Oregon Ducks (5-3) as they travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, December 17 for a 6 p.m. tip-off start against the New Mexico Lobos (5-3). The Ducks gathered themselves on Tuesday night with a 75-66 win over Santa Clara after losing three straight games last week. The game will be broadcast live on the Oregon Sports Network throughout Oregon.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Malik Hairston, right, gets fouled by Santa Clara's Cliff Sammet while going for a shot during the first half Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Kevin Clark)

Oregon has four players scoring in double figures this season Sophomore forward Malik Hairston is the Ducks leading scorer averaging 14.9 points per game. Center Ivan Johnson is the second leading point producer at 10.4 points while guard Aaron Brooks and forward Maarty Leunen both are averaging 10.1 points. Leunen is also the team's leading rebounder at 8.5 boards per contest.

Johnson made his first start against Santa Clara.

The Ducks have been away from McArthur Court twice this season losing to Vanderbilt 76-75 two weeks ago and then losing again last Saturday night in Portland to Illinois 87-57, although the game was considered a home game for Oregon. The win on Tuesday night gave Oregon a shot in the arm after three disappointments. The Ducks also lost to Georgetown on Dec. 3rd at Mac Court, 71-57. Oregon's head coach said after the win on Tuesday night that there is still plenty of basketball left in the season and that team needed to look at what they've done right so far and build on that.

"It is a long season and I continue to remind the team and myself of that," said Kent. "We need to step back from those last three games and look at the positive steps we made in this game and move forward. We have plenty of basketball to play and we need to get back to where we were in our first several games."

New Mexico was a NCAA tourney-team last March and is coached by former Oregon State head coach Ritchie McKay (2000-02). Senior Guard Mark Walters, 6-2, 17.8 ppg, is the top scorer for the Lobos. Senior center David Chiotti, 6-9, 11.6 ppg is the second leading scorer and also hauls down 6.5 rebounds per game. New Mexico defeated in-state rival New Mexico State on Tuesday night in overtime 71-68.

The Ducks and Lobos have met seven times in the past and New Mexico holds a 5-2 advantage although the Ducks won the last game 79-75 in a game played Nov. 11, 2004. Current Duck assistant Scott Duncan spent 10 years at New Mexico and was part of the coaching staff the last time the two teams met.

A win will help regain lost confidence for both the team and the fans particularly in a tough venue the New Mexico has always proved to be.

The game will be carried live on Oregon Sports Network with Joe Giansante and Rob Closs. In Portland the game will be carried on Comcast 14, in Eugene on KEZI, Medford on KDRV, Klamath Falls on KDKF and in Bend on Chambers Cable. OSN radio will also broadcast the game with Jerry Allen calling the action.

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