Marshall 61

(2-3, 1-1 away)

Oregon 90

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 6, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

    1 2 T
    MRSH 30 3161
    ORE 44 4690

    Oregon 90, Marshall 61

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- There is just one Luke now at Oregon, but that was more than enough for the Ducks.

    Luke Jackson had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds as Oregon defeated Marshall 90-61 Saturday in the Pape Jam.

    A.W. Hamilton scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the first half to lead the Thundering Herd (2-3). Marvin Black added 10 points.

    James Davis, a starter last season, had 16 points, including 4-of-6 three pointers, coming off the bench for the Ducks (3-0).

    "James Davis completely embraced his role tonight," said Oregon coach Ernie Kent. "If he continues to do that, he will be a deadly weapon in the Pac-10."

    Jackson, a senior, partnered with point guard Luke Ridnour for three seasons for the Ducks, and the duo became known as "the Lukes." Ridnour is now with the NBA's Seattle Supersonics.

    "We knew that Marshall would turn over the ball if we mixed it up on defense," Jackson said.

    "We made sure we got their big guys handling the ball, who were not used it."

    The Ducks overwhelmed Marshall, of Huntington, W. Va., in almost all facets of the game, shooting 53.1 percent to the Thundering Herd's 43.6 percent. Oregon committed 17 turnovers, but forced 25 and held Marshall leading scorer Ronny Dawn to 3 points.

    Then the Ducks basically bombed Marshall into submission, shooting 12-of-25 from 3-point range, including 7-of-12 in the second half.

    Oregon led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Davis hit a 3-pointer at 1:00 to make it 42-27. The Ducks led 44-30 at the half.

    Marshall shot 50 percent in the first half, but cooled off in the second.

    "We weren't able to get any open people," said Marshall coach Ron Jirsa. " They're a quicker team."

    Davis converted a lay-up on a fast break to give Oregon a 60-35 lead at 12:43.

    Eric Smith knocked down a 3-pointer for Marshall, but Brandon Lincoln hit a 3 of his own and the Ducks went off on another run. Jackson capped a fast break with a dunk to make it 75-43 at 7:40.

    Oregon switched up defenses often, keeping the Thundering Herd off-balance. The Ducks jumped out to a 28-16 lead, and held Marshall scoreless for long stretches of the first half.

    Andre Joseph and Ian Crosswhite each had 14 points for the Ducks. Oregon was 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

    Oregon freshman Mitch Platt left the game in the second half after suffering a high ankle sprain and did not return.

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