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.
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
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
Marshall shot 50 percent in the first half, but cooled off in
"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.
Oregon freshman Mitch Platt left the game in the second half
after suffering a high ankle sprain and did not return.