Ducks Silence Rattlers

After Tuesday night's thumping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, the No. 5 University of Oregon Ducks needed a game to get back on their feet. They got just that Friday night as they rolled to an easy 107-66 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers in Mac Court.

Tonight's game started out a little slow for the Ducks. The Rattlers kept it close and actually were within two points after senior center, Jermaine Hill hit two free throws with 11:00 to go in the first half which made the score 18-16. Oregon then went on a 16-2 run with Robert Johnson and James Davis leading Oregon's charge.

At one point in the run, Rattler guard Demarcus Wilkins was called for a five-second call while dribbling in the front court. James Davis' defense kept him from going anywhere and forced the turnover. That turnover led to a Robert Johnson hoop on a lob pass from freshman center, Matt Short.

"Once we got going, I was pleased," Oregon Coach Ernie Kent told OSN after the game. "We got into a great rhythm."

Oregon had their machine running and didn't look back, finishing the first-half ahead 55-33. The first half featured solid field goal shooting from the Ducks. They finished 20-38, which gave them a 53% mark.

The second half showed much of the same for the Ducks. A Luke Jackson pull up three-pointer opened up the Oregon lead to 42 points at 92-50. It was total domination in the second half even when the bench players were in the ball game. Brandon Lincoln, Matt Short, Andre Joseph and Jay Anderson all gave solid efforts.

Florida A&M's Jermaine Hill recorded a double-double tonight, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 boards. Moses White and Terrance Woods were the only other Rattlers in double figures with 11 points each.

Luke Ridnour, who recorded 21 points in 25 minutes, led Oregon's scoring. Freshman Ian Crosswhite scored 18 points in the game, and went 3-3 from long range. James Davis added 16 points, Luke Jackson had 14 and Robert Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Luke Jackson's line didn't stop at 14 points tonight. In his freshman season, Luke Jackson recorded a triple double at Washington. Tonight, he matched that feat, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Jackson's 10 assists added to the team total of 30, which tied a team record. Oregon's 30 assists were earned on a total of 39 made baskets.

Florida A&M moves to 3-4 with tonight's loss. Coach Mike Gillespe will next take his team to battle the No. 13 Florida Gators on December 30th.

Oregon improves their record to 7-1 after this win. Next up for the Ducks will be the No. 25 Minnesota Golden Gophers, a game Coach Kent is excited about.

"Minnesota has had eight days to get ready for us, so we need to get Mac Court rocking," Kent said.

The Golden Gophers and the Ducks will tip-off at noon on Sunday at Mac Court in Eugene.

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