Ducks Upset in the Meadowlands

In East Rutherford, New Jersey tonight, the No. 5 Oregon Ducks came east to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Jimmy V Classic. Very few people would have picked Cincinnati to win the ballgame, but that's exactly what happened as the Bearcats came out victorious 77-52. This was Oregon's first loss of the year, they are now 6-1.

The Ducks never got their offensive machine totally running in the first half. Cincinnati got up and down the floor in transition and played great defense, hurting Oregon. Oregon's Luke Jackson shot the ball horribly in the first half, missing one shot in particular off the side of the backboard and scoring only two points on 1-5 shooting. Jackson also threw a number of sloppy passes in the first half.

It wasn't just Jackson who struggled shooting the ball, it was the entire Oregon team. The Ducks were 9-25 from the floor in the first half.

Cincinnati's Tony Bobbit scored 19 first half points hitting some ridiculous shots from way outside. Whenever the Bearcats needed a big hoop, Bobbit came through for them. He shot 4-7 from beyond the arc in the first period.

"I had a good game and hopefully we can build on that," Bobbit told ESPN after the game.

Oregon would score in spurts, putting together a couple solid stretches giving hope to Oregon fans, but then the Ducks would start to shoot more from outside and those shots just weren't falling early on. At one point, the Ducks cut the lead to seven points, but it never got any closer than that.

The Bearcats, who have averaged a 38% mark from the floor this season did much better than that in the first half. Cincinnati was 16-32 from the floor for 50%.

"We've worked like crazy on trying to make shots and finally we're doing it," Bearcats Coach Bob Huggins told ESPN at halftime.

Oregon, who has been a high scoring team all year scored 24 points at the half, and trailed 44-24 at halftime.

Dejection could be seen on the Oregon bench early in the second half. Fans started clearing out early as well. It just was not going to happen tonight.

Oregon did show one more sign of life in the second half. James Davis and Luke Ridnour hit back to back three pointers and Luke Jackson had a breakaway dunk to bring Oregon within 27, but then Taron Barker, Cincinnati's 6-1 guard hit an amazing shot with the shot clock running down that killed Oregon's slight bit of momentum.

Cincinnati's great defense and amazing shooting did the Ducks in. Bob Huggins basketball teams are always known for their great defense and at least tonight, this Bearcat team is no different. Oregon was held to 36 percent shooting and only 29 rebounds compared to Cincinnati's 48 percent shooting and 39 rebounds.

The Bearcats were led by Tony Bobbit's 29 points. Jason Maxwell had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Leonard Stokes and Field Williams had 15 and 10 points respectively.

Leading the way for the Ducks was Luke Ridnour with 10 points. No other player scored in double figures although Luke Jackson did have nine points and seven rebounds.

The Ducks will look to get back in the win column on Friday when they play Florida A&M at McArthur Court in Eugene.

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