Joseph scored a career-high 22 points to lead Oregon to a 68-54
win over George Mason on Tuesday night in the second round of the
Joseph, whose previous career high was 19 points, shot 8-for-13
from the field and connected on five of nine 3-pointers. Luke
Jackson, who scored 40 points in Oregon's dramatic opening-round
victory over Colorado, had 14 points, as did center Ian Crosswhite.
"They double and triple teamed me and that leaves Andre open,
and he knocks down those shots pretty much everytime he takes
them," Jackson said.
The Ducks (17-12) play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in a
quarterfinal game Thursday night.
Terry Reynolds was the only player to score in double digits for
the Patriots (23-10), with 14 points.
It was the 1,000th game at McArthur Court -- the second-oldest
Division I facility in the nation behind Fordham's Rose Hill Gym.
The Ducks are 644-356 on their home floor since it opened in 1927.
They've won 41 of 46 there the last three seasons.
"We didn't want to lose at home in our last game," Joseph
said. "That would have been the worst feeling ever."
There was no need to worry; this one was over by halftime.
An 8-3 run put George Mason up 22-21 seven minutes before
halftime, but its lead was short-lived thanks to a 16-2 outburst by
the Ducks that put them ahead 37-24 with 2:12 to play in the first
Joseph scored 10 of Oregon's points during that stretch,
including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Patriots' Jai Lewis scored on consecutive possessions to cut
the Ducks' lead to 37-28, but a reverse layup by Jackson with 47
seconds to go sent Oregon into halftime up 39-28.
"We did a good job of getting the lead in the first half and it
made it a little more comfortable," Jackson said.
A 3-pointer by James Davis eight minutes into the second half
put the Ducks up 52-37, and Joseph followed with a pair of
3-pointers as Oregon's lead grew to 58-39.
"Nothing was going our way," George Mason coach Jim Larranga
said. "To have only one guy in double figures is out of character