Ducks Finish Exhibition Schedule With A Bang

After a slow start tonight, the University of Oregon Ducks pulled away from the EA Sports All-Stars and coasted to an easy 132-98 win at McArthur Court in Eugene.

Tonight's opponent was nothing like the slower, less athletic Australian team that Oregon routed 135-86 last Wednesday. The EA Sports All-Stars were a run and gun team that liked to get up and down the floor. This played right into the Ducks' hands however as Oregon ran right with the All-Stars and scored many points in transition.

The Ducks were impressive not only in transition but in their motion sets in the half court. Overall the Ducks made 48 of their whopping 83 shot attempts for a 57.8 percent field goal mark, much to the delight of their coach, Ernie Kent.

"If we get 80 shots a game the way we shoot the ball, we're going to score a ton of points," Coach Kent told OSN after the game. "The key thing is getting those 80 shots. We want to shoot as many times as we can each game. 80 shots is great, I'd like to shoot 100."

Looking at the 98 points that EA Sports put up, many would think that the Ducks had a poor defensive effort. This was not the case. The All-Stars made some amazing shots and for the most part shot the ball quite well. Their players and coaches though, were amazed at the Ducks' up-tempo game.

"Their coach said that they've never seen anything like this, and they played at Arizona, which was a track meet," Ernie Kent told OSN.

Leading the way for EA Sports was guard Brett McFall from the University of Wyoming. McFall finished the night with 18 points on six for twelve shooting, and five for ten from beyond the arc. Tony Harvey who played his collegiate ball at Utah turned in a solid performance for EA Sports, finishing with 17 points.

The top performer for the Ducks tonight was by far, Luke Ridnour. The junior guard dropped 31 points and 10 assists in only 29 minutes. Luke Jackson posted 25 points in 31 minutes. James Davis put up 16 points, making four more three pointers. Ian Crosswhite, Robert Johnson, Brandon Lincoln and Brian Helquist also reached double figures with 14, 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Oregon won the rebound battle as well tonight, out rebounding EA Sports 46-32. Luke Jackson, Matt Short and Ian Crosswhite each had eight rebounds.

The high-flying highlight of the night was courtesy of the Luke-to-Luke Connection. With 15:45 to go in the second half, Luke Ridnour brought the ball down the court on the right side. Seeing Luke Jackson cut towards the hoop, Ridnour threw the ball up for the alley-oop. Jackson then elevated to mammoth heights, grabbed the ball and threw it down to a thunderous ovation from the Mac Court crowd.

Oregon's first regular season game is next Sunday, November 24th versus Grambling State in the first round of the John Thompson Foundation Challenge. It will be a double dip at Mac Court on Sunday as Cal-State Northridge will play Jacksonville at 3:00 and the Ducks will face Grambling at 5:30. Coach Ernie Kent, though, has something else he's excited about this weekend.

"It's still football season and we've got to get those Huskies out of the way on Saturday."

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