Men's Basketball Notes

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men's basketball team (4-4) will take on San Diego (4-5) on Saturday, Dec. 13, as a part of the 2008 Pape' Jam. Tip-time for the Ducks-Toreros match-up is slated for 5 p.m. (PST) at the Rose Garden Arena (20,630) in Portland, Ore. This season marks the 11th year for the Pape' Jam, an Oregon women's and men's basketball double-header.

The UO women's basketball team (3-3) will battle Georgia Tech (7-2) in the day's earlier game scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Oregon is coming off Sunday's 75-70 home win over Kansas State in the Pac-10 / Big 12 Hardwood Series, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. San Diego has lost its last two games, a 57-46 loss at San Diego State and a 56-52 home loss to San Jose State. This is the first meeting between the two schools.

PAPE JAM TICKET INFORMATION
Great seats are still available for the 2008 Pape Jam. Ticket prices for the double-header are $40, $25, $18 and $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Rose Quarter Box Office, online at RoseQuarter.com, by telephone at (877) 789-7673 and at all participating Safeway/Tickets West locations. A complete list of ticket outlets can be found on RoseQuarter.com.

LAST TIME OUT: OREGON 75, KANSAS STATE 70

Junior guard Tajuan Porter scored a season-high 28 points to lead Oregon to a 75-70 home win over Kansas State on Sunday in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks, participating in the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series, improved to 4-4 overall and snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory. KSU dropped to 5-3 overall.

Freshman guard Garrett Sim had 16 points and sophomore forward LeKendric Longmire added 13 for UO. Sim added a career-high six rebounds to lead all Ducks in that category. Senior guard Churchill Odia added six points, a career-high six assists and two steals while making his second consecutive start.

Oregon shot 47.8 percent from the field (22-of-46), while hitting 9-of-20 on 3-pointers (45.0 percent). The Ducks finished 22-of-31 from the free throw line (71.0 percent). KSU was limited to 41.5 percent shooting (27-of-65) and 21.1 percent on 3-pointers (4-of-19). The Wildcats went 12-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Kansas State was led offensively by Denis Clemente who had a team-best 19 points. Clemente went 8-of-20 from the field, 2-of-8 on 3-pointers, in 34 minutes of action.

K-State held a 39-10 advantage in points from bench players. Jamar Samuels, Ron Anderson and Fred Brown combined to score 36 of those points. Samuels was 8-of-8 on free throws en route to 14 points, Anderson went 6-of-7 from the field for 12 points and Brown made 2-of-4 3-pointers in his 10-point effort. (complete box score on pg 32).

SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego (4-5) enters Saturday's game having lost its last two contests, a 57-46 loss at San Diego State and a 56-52 home loss to San Jose State. The Toreros have struggled offensively in their last two outings averaging 49.0 points per game while converting just 41 percent from the field (41-of-100) and 18.5 percent from 3-point range (5-of-27). Three of USD's losses this season have come against teams that won first-round games at the 2008 NCAA Tournament (Miami, UNLV and Wisconsin). USD will play at home on Wednesday against New Mexico before making the road trip to the Pape Jam.

San Diego is led by fifth-year senior forward Gyno Pomare who averages 14.0 points and 4.9 reounds per contest. He has averaged 19.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg in the last two outings, converting 66.7 percent of his shots (26-of-39) in those games. The Toreros will be without the services of fellow senior Brandon Johnson, who suffered a season-ending injury (achilles) late in the first half of USD's game against San Diego State on Saturday night. He was the only other Torero to average double figures in scoring (13.5 ppg), while leading the team in assists (26) and steals (13) prior to the injury.

Bill Grier is in his second season as head coach of San Diego men's basketball, 26-19 overall in two seasons as mentor. Grier graduated from the University of Oregon in 1990. Grier's 2008-09 squad was picked to finish third (39 points / one first-place vote) in the West Coast Conference's preseason poll, behind Gonzaga (46 points / five first-place votes) and Saint Mary's (44 points / two first-place votes).

UP NEXT FOR THE DUCKS
Following the 2008 Pape' Jam, the Ducks will play their next five games at home. UO will close out the non-league schedule against Saint Mary's (Dec. 17), Portland (Dec. 20) and Long Beach State (Dec. 29). Oregon will then open Pac-10 Conference play with USC (Jan. 2) and UCLA (Jan. 4).

TP BREAKS OUT WITH 28-POINT EFFORT
Junior guard Tajuan Porter registered a season-high 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Sunday night's win over Kansas State. He shot 61.5 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers. Porter also went 6-of-8 on free throws.

The double-digit scoring effort was Porter's third straight and his sixth in eight games this season. His previous season-best effort was 23 points in a road win over UC Irvine on Nov. 21. In that game Porter became the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Porter has a 14.3 points per game scoring average in three seasons with the Ducks. He has played in 75 career games, a starter in 67 of those contests. Porter has 1,076 points entering Saturday's game.

DUCKS LEAD PAC-10 IN STEALS
Oregon ranks atop the Pac-10 Conference in team steals averaging 10.0 per game. UO averages a full steal more than the next team on the list, UCLA, which is averaging 9.0 steals per outing. Oregon ranks 19th in the NCAA rankings, with Virginia Millitary Institute (VMI) tops in the nation at 15.8 steals per game. The Ducks hold an 80-53 advantage over their opponents in total steals on the season.

Junior forward Joevan Catron is the league's leader in individual steals, totalling 49 on the season for a 2.3 steals per game average. He ranks 61st nationally in that category. VMI's Chavis Holmes leads all players nationally with a 3.8 steals per game average.

YOUNG PLAYERS CALLED INTO ACTION
All six true freshmen have seen playing time this season, with four first-year players already cracking the starting lineup. Michael Dunigan started the first six games, sitting with an injury in UO's last two games against Utah and Kansas State. Garrett Sim has started the last six games, while Matthew Humphrey recorded starts in the first two games of the year. Josh Crittle started in UO's last game against Kansas State.

Dunigan, from Chicago, Ill., is averaging a team-high 14.0 points per game, while ranking second in rebounding at 7.0 per contest. His 34 made field goals and .576 shooting percentage leads all Oregon players. He is also tied for the team-lead in blocks per game (1.0), while averaging just 22.5 minutes per game which is fifth-most on the squad.

Garrett Sim, from Portland, Ore., has started the last six games for the Ducks. He averages 11.5 points per game, which is third-best for UO, and a team-best 3.1 assists per contest. Sim ranks second on the team in 3-point shooting percentage (.471, 16-of-34) and third in minutes per outing (24.0). He scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting last Wednesday at Utah. Sim hit 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc in the loss.

Matthew Humphrey, from Chicago, Ill., started the first two games of the season. He is averaging 15.6 minutes per game, while hitting 8-of-19 of his 3-point attempts (42.1 percent) which is fourth on the team.

Crittle, who like Dunigan and Humphrey hails from the Windy City, is tied for the team-lead in blocks on the year with six. He ranks third on the squad in rebounds per night (3.3) while playing in all eight games.

Drew Wiley and Teondre Williams have all played early in the season, coming off the bench for the Ducks.

Wiley, from McKenzie River, Ore., has appeared in all eight contests averaging 8.0 minutes per game. He ranks sixth on the team in 3-pointers made this season (4).

Williams, from Ellenwood, Ga., is tied for the team lead in blocks per game (1.0). He scored six points while playing a season-high 16 minutes in Oregon's road loss to Utah. Williams, who has played in six games, missed the first two outings due to an injury.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR UO'S NEW ARENA
The University of Oregon has announced the creation of a new website that will allow fans to keep undated on all new developments surrounding the construction of the university's new arena.

Godunks.net not only will document the progress of the arena from its infancy to its scheduled completion in the fall of 2010, but will provide the public with an interactive forum to post their own images and comments of their memories of McArthur Court, as well as the evolution of UO's men's and women's basketball, and volleyball programs.

Current content includes renditions of the exterior of the new arena, a light-hearted look at the comparison of amenities between Mac Court and the new arena, and vital statistics of the Ducks' new home and its projected capacity of 12,541 seats.

Future updates to the website will include ticket prices and the arena's seating configuration, which includes more than 6,000 seats to be priced at $25 or less, options to view and select seats in the building, a webcam that will allow for fans to follow the construction progress of the state-of-the-art facility, student-produced YouTube videos that follow the progress of the inside of the building, and an archive of some of the most memorable play-by-calls from Jerry Allen.

Godunks.net also will offer the public an opportunity to subscribe to receive an up-to-the-minute account of developments and information before it is posted on the website. Access to the new website also can be obtained through goducks.com, the UO athletic department's official website.

PORTER NO. 4 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS MADE
Tajuan Porter is making his way up the career scoring charts, now ranking fourth all-time in career 3-pointers made at Oregon. He has hit 215-of-540 attempts (.398) in just 75 games played, making him the fastest UO player to reach these numbers. Porter is just nine shy of moving by Terik Brown (1995-99) for third all-time at UO. Brown totaled 223 career 3-pointers in 116 games. Orlando Williams (1991-95) is the all-time leader having made 282 3-pointers in 112 games at UO.

Porter recently passed former teammate and all-conference selection Aaron Brooks to move into fourth. Brooks finished his career with 205 career 3-pointers made in 115 games played.

PORTER ECLIPSES 1,000-POINT MARK
Tajuan Porter became the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, amassing 1,076 points in 75 career games (14.3 ppg) with the Ducks. He has been a starter 67 of those contests. Just under 60 percent of Porter's points were scored from behind the 3-point arc (645 points), 24 percent on 2-point field goals (260 points), 16 percent came from the charity stripe (171 points). He is the 10th player to reach the milestone under head coach Ernie Kent, and the fifth player in the last three seasons (Aaron Brooks, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, Maarty Leunen) to eclipse the figure under Kent's direction.

Ron Lee (1972-76) is Oregon's all-time leading scorer, recording 2,085 points in 112 career games. Lee, UO's only 2,000 point scorer, averaged 18.6 points per game over his four-year career.

LONGMIRE STEPS INTO STARTING ROLE
With the Ducks graduating 62 percent of their offense from last year's team (Malik Hairston - 16.3 ppg, Maarty Leunen - 14.9 ppg, Bryce Taylor - 12.8 ppg), someone was going to have to pick up the scoring slack. Sophomore forward LeKendric Longmire, from Pascagoula, Miss., has done just that.

Longmire ranks fourth on the team in scoring average (9.6 ppg), one of four Ducks to average double-figures in scoring. His 31 field goals made rank him third behind freshman Michael Dunigan (34) and junior Tajuan Porter (32).

On the year, he is shooting 48.4 percent from the field (31-of-54) and a team-best 57.1 percent on 3-pointers (8-of-13). Compare those numbers to last season, Longmire was just 4-of-12 on 3-pointers and he averaged 3.8 points per outing while playing in 28 of UO's 32 games.

Longmire's career-high entering the season was 14 points, a number he surpassed in the first half against Oakland on Nov. 17. Longmire finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field (3-of-4 on 3-pointers), while still contributing his trademark defense (2 blocks, 1 steal).

DUNIGAN OFF TO STRONG START
Freshman center Mike Dunigan, who has sat the last two games because of an elbow injury, started the first six games of the year for the Ducks. The 6-10 post averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per contest in those contests. He did that while averaging just 22.5 minutes per game.

Dunigan, who ranks second on the team in per-game scoring, registered his second career double-double in UO's blow-out win over Alabama, tallying 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, while adding 10 boards. Dunigan leads the team in shooting percentage this season, making 34-of-59 shots from the field for 57.6 percent. His field goals made total (34) also leads all Oregon players.

DUCKS SEEK 700TH WIN AT MAC COURT
The Ducks, nee Webfoots, will try to win their 700th game at vaunted McArthur Court this season. Oregon entered into the 2008-09 season with 697 wins all-time at the hallowed grounds.

Oregon defeated Kansas State, 75-70, on Dec. 7 at Mac Court in Eugene. The win gave UO 699 career wins at their home venue. UO recorded a 66-64 win over Northern Colorado in the season-opener for the other home win of the season.

UO will have a chance to reach the 700 home-win milestone as the Ducks will several upcoming games at home. The home stretch comes to an end with the beginning of Pac-10 Conference play, games against UCLA (Friday, Jan. 2, 2009) and USC (Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009).

DUCKS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10 POLL
Oregon is picked to finish seventh in the 2008-09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover the league. The poll shows that UCLA, the defending Pac-10 Champion, gathered 37 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season.

Arizona State picked up the remaining first-place vote and is tabbed for second place. USC is slotted for third place, followed by Arizona, Washington and Washington State. After the Ducks, California is picked for eighth. Rounding out the preseason poll is Stanford in ninth, followed by Oregon State.


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