Feb 21, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Nobody seems to stand a chance when they visit McArthur Court these days.
Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 15 Oregon set school records for most 3-pointers made and most points scored in a Pac-10 game Thursday night with a 115-77 victory over Washington State.
The Ducks (19-7, 11-4 Pac-10) remained tied for first place in the conference with Southern California. They are 15-0 at home this season, winning by an average margin of more than 25 points.
"I think we've already peaked in terms of understanding how hard you have to play and how committed you have to be to have success," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "I've never had a team so focused."
Marcus Moore scored 34 points to lead the Cougars (5-19, 1-15 Pac-10), who are 0-10 on the road this season.
J Locklier added 12 points and seven rebounds for Washington State, which has lost 17 of 18 overall.
"We are still in the building process," Washington State coach Paul Graham said. "It gets difficult when you are so young."
Frederick Jones scored 18 points, and Luke Jackson added 17 for Oregon. The Ducks, who lead the country in 3-point percentage, were 16-for-26 from long range, including a stretch of six straight in the second half.
Every Oregon player scored as the Ducks shot 54 percent from the field, 62 percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the free-throw line, all season highs.
"We came out with a lot of energy and we were ready to win this one," Ridnour said.
On consecutive possessions in the second half, Ridnour hit two 3-pointers and found Robert Johnson with a behind-the-back pass, bringing the sellout crowd to its feet chanting "Luke! Luke! Luke!"
Anthony Lever hit a 3-pointer with 5:15 left in the first half to cap a 20-6 run and put Oregon ahead 33-19.
The Oregon record for most points scored is 121, set against Portland in 1970. The previous school record for most 3-pointers was 15 against West Florida in 1995.