Oregon Routs Bethune-Cookman 92-64

The 22nd ranked Oregon Ducks (8-0) coasted to a 92-64 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Bethune-Cookman(2-3) Monday evening at McArthur Court. Oregon blew the game open in the second-half behind inspired play from Bryce Taylor, Joevan Catron, and newcomer Churchill Odia.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Bryce Taylor, center, drive through the Bethune-Cookman defense for two of his 21 points during the second half of their basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks won the game 92-64. (AP PHOTO/Chris Pietsch)

The Wildcats, from Daytona Beach, Florida, played well in a competitive first-half, staying within nine at the break behind the three-point shooting of leading scorer Jimmy Hudson. Hudson, a sophomore guard, hit three straight three-pointers in the opening minutes of the game, scored 11 for the half and led the Wildcats with 21 points overall. 6-9, 300 pound senior center Aaron Nelson chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.

The first-half marked the debut of Odia, Oregon's 6-6 sophomore guard. Odia wasted little time getting acclimated to Mac Court going 1-5 from three-point range in the first-half. Odia showed off impressive passing skills with five assists and finished the game 3-8 from behind the arc with nine points. "Churchill is a great player and a great passer" said teammate Bryce Taylor.

Coach Ernie Kent calls Odia, a transfer from Xavier, a "very skilled basketball player" and thought he did an "exceptional job" on the night. Odia noted that he was a former point-guard and looks to "pass first."

Oregon broke the game open early in the second-half with a decisive 17-7 run to increase the lead 19 points at 58-39. Oregon never led by less than 16 points the rest of the night and shot 53.1 percent from the field for the game.

Catron had a perfect night from the field hitting all six of his attempts for a career high 15 points. The active Catron added three rebounds and three steals. Taylor continued his solid play leading the Ducks with 21 points and adding six rebounds. Tajuan Porter scored 13 points and Maarty Leunen had nine points and seven boards. Much to the delight of the Oregon fans, Ray Schafer played seven minutes and scored five points.

Kent thought Oregon was sluggish to start and noted that "we were flat" early on. Kent is giving the team a "much needed day off" tomorrow after seven consecutive days of basketball and finals.

The Ducks found out today that they are ranked 22nd in the Associated Press college basketball poll prompting Taylor to say, it's "definitely pretty cool."

Notes: Oregon's next game is Friday night at 7:00 against Eastern Washington at Mac Court.

The Duck bench contributed a season-high 35 points.

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