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Ducks accomplish their goal with rout.

Byline: JOHN CONRAD Register-Guard Sports Editor

For this game to be good, it had to be bad.

It was, as Oregon scored 23 straight points midway through the first half and did as it pleased en route to a 96-50 nonconference men's basketball victory over Morris Brown before an announced crowd of 6,559 at McArthur Court on Thursday night.

The 46-point final margin was Oregon's largest of a season in which the Ducks have won eight straight games at home by an average margin of 32.1 points, improving to 9-3 on the year while dealing the Wolverines their 11th loss in 12 games.

"These are tough games to play," UO coach Ernie Kent said. "The challenge we put to our team was to put in the work and be efficient. There are some things that should look the same no matter who we play. Those would include transition, defensive technique, blockouts and shot selection.

"We stayed at our level and got the job done."

Frederick Jones led the Ducks with 19 points in 18 minutes. Luke Ridnour added 13, including a half-court bomb at the end of the first half. Chris Christoffersen finished with 12, while Luke Jackson and James Davis scored 11 apiece as 10 Ducks played 15 minutes or more.

"This was a good game for everybody to get a lot of time and feel like they contributed," Ridnour said. "It's the kind of game you have to win and win big because you are supposed to, and that's what we did."

Kent talks a lot about defensive stops, and he'll like what he sees reviewing the tape of this game.

After starting sluggishly and finding itself in a 9-all tie seven minutes into the game, Oregon shut down the Wolverines on nine straight possessions. The Ducks answered with scores on 10 straight possessions, including 11 points from Jones and seven by Jackson, in a 23-0 run that made the score 32-9 with 7:41 left in the first half.

Early in the second half, the Ducks stopped Morris Brown on 10 straight possessions and answered on 7-of-11 possessions of their own, getting eight points from Christoffersen and six from Jones, for a 70-22 lead with 13:26 to play.

The Ducks seemed on track to break the 100-point mark for a third straight game, but Kent was somewhat annoyed at being asked if he was sorry they didn't.

"We could have scored 120 points if we'd run with the starters," he said. "That's not relevant. What is relevant is to have played a game like that and stayed within our system. I think the only thing I won't be happy about watching the tape is that we should have rebounded the ball better.

"We'll need to do a better job of that and containing the drive when we go back into conference play."

That would be next Thursday at Arizona, a game that was as much on the Ducks' minds as the one they had just played.

"We are a better team than people thought," Jones said. "If we do what we're supposed to do, we'll be OK."

The Ducks were asked about the revenge motive for an Arizona team that was beaten by 30 here last weekend.

"There's still a revenge motive for us, too," Ridnour said. "It was down there we got beat so bad (by 39) last year."

Oregon shot 54.7 percent for the game and was 17-of-19 at the line while limiting Morris Brown to just 35.8 percent shooting, but greater damage was done in the first half. Oregon shot 65.5 percent from the field, 63.6 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the line in the first half. Morris Brown hit just 31.8 percent overall and 16.7 percent on treys to fall behind 56-20.

The Ducks' percentage was hurt by a 3-for-11 effort at the end of the game, but Kent said the Ducks accomplished their mission after losing three straight on the road earlier this year.

"We wanted to win five straight here to finish December strong," Kent said.

"We've done that, and when we go out on the road again we'll be a different team. Those three losses toughened us up."

Certainly Oregon has played very well and maintained its intensity under a variety of conditions. That points to a lot of growth and cause for optimism heading into the new year.

Oregon Basketball Game Report

NOTES ...

Oregon has scored 90 points or better eight times this season. ... The Ducks continued their hot shooting with 65.5 percent from the field, 63.6 percent from beyond the arc and 100% at the line in the first half. ... Mark Michaelis had a career-high eight rebounds; Ben Lindquist a career-high five assists.

KEY STAT ...

Oregon had 23 assists on 35 baskets with just nine turnovers. Morris Brown had just five assists on 19 baskets and 25 turnovers.

NEXT ...

At Arizona, Thursday at 5:35 p.m. PST.

Oregon 96, Morris Brown 50

MORRIS BROWN (50)

Mp Fg Ft R F A To S Tp

Davis ... 33 0-2 0-0 4 4 1 5 1 0

Major ... 16 1-2 0-0 0 4 0 2 0 2

Jester ... 13 3-7 3-4 2 3 0 1 0 10

Washington ... 18 3-7 0-0 0 2 0 5 0 6

Dunn ... 34 4-11 1-2 4 1 1 4 0 12

Turner ... 7 1-1 0-0 2 1 1 1 0 3

Thomas ... 15 2-8 2-2 3 1 1 2 1 6

Daniels ... 12 1-4 0-0 1 2 0 4 1 3

Hicks ... 35 3-9 0-3 11 2 0 0 0 6

Morton ... 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0

Love ... 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Singleton ... 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Totals ... 200 19-53 6-11 31 20 5 25 4 50

Shooting: Field goals 35.8%, 3-point baskets - 6-17 (Jester 1-1, Washington 0-1, Daniels 1-4, Dunn 3-9, Turner 1-1, Thomas 0-1). Rebounds include two team rebounds

OREGON (96)

Mp Fg Ft R F A To S Tp

Johnson ... 17 1-3 0-0 4 0 2 3 1 2

Jackson ... 23 3-6 4-4 2 1 3 1 0 11

Christoffersn ... 16 6-9 0-0 4 3 1 0 0 12

Ridnour ... 21 3-5 4-4 1 1 5 1 2 13

Jones ... 18 7-9 5-5 2 0 0 1 3 19

Davis ... 22 4-9 0-0 1 1 1 1 0 11

Christensen ... 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lindquist ... 18 2-4 2-2 2 2 5 0 0 6

Lever ... 20 3-5 0-0 3 0 4 1 0 8

Helquist ... 11 2-4 2-4 2 1 0 1 0 6

Michaelis ... 18 2-5 0-0 8 1 1 0 0 4

Anderson ... 15 2-5 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 4

Totals ... 200 35-64 17-19 32 10 23 9 6 96

Shooting: Field goals 54.7%, 3-point baskets - 9-21 (Jackson 1-2, Ridnour 3-4, Jones 0-1, Davis 3-7, Lindquist 0-2, Lever 2-3, Michaelis 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Rebounds include one team rebound.

Morris Brown ... 20 30 - 50

Oregon ... 56 40 - 96

Officials - Bruce Hicks, Rick Batsell, Craig Grismore. Attendance - 6,559.

NOTES ...

Oregon has scored 90 points or better eight times this season. ... The Ducks continued their hot shooting with 65.5 percent from the field, 63.6 percent from beyond the arc and 100% at the line in the first half. ... Mark Michaelis had a career-high eight rebounds; Ben Lindquist a career-high five assists.

KEY STAT ...

Oregon had 23 assists on 35 baskets with just nine turnovers. Morris Brown had just five assists on 19 baskets and 25 turnovers.

NEXT ...

At Arizona, Thursday at 5:35 p.m. PST.

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Title Annotation:Men's basketball: Oregon finishes the year strong with a 96-50 romp over Morris Brown.; Sports
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Date:Dec 28, 2001
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