Ducks Rally Past Cougars
By ANNE M. PETERSON
EUGENE, Ore. - Luke Ridnour scored 28 points, and No. 23 Oregon overcame a first-half deficit to beat injury-riddled Washington State 76-66 Saturday night for the Cougars' eighth-straight loss.
The Ducks (14-4, 4-3 Pacific-10), playing without injured starting forward Luke Jackson, trailed 32-31 at the halftime. But they but came back with renewed energy to lead by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Washington State (5-12, 0-8) rallied to tie it at 51 on Chris Schlatter's jumper with 7:19 left. But Oregon scored the next 11 points, and the Cougars never regained the lead.
Thomas Kelati led Washington State with 18 points.
Ridnour had seven assists and was 11-for-11 at the free-throw line. The Ducks made 19 of 19 foul shots overall.
The Cougars took a 7-0 lead, but Oregon chipped away, going up 12-10 on Ian Crosswhite's 3-pointer. Ridnour put the Ducks ahead 19-14 with a steal and fast-break layup.
The Cougars kept up the pressure, tying the game at 21 on Justin Bellegarde's tip-in before going up 28-23 on Jerry McNair's 3-pointer.
Jackson was hurt in Thursday night's 91-66 victory over Washington, when he seriously cut his right ring finger after apparently catching it on another player's jersey.
Jackson, who had about a dozen stitches, sat on the Oregon bench Saturday night wearing his team warmups with his hand generously taped.
Jackson, a left-handed shooter, will have his injury re-evaluated next week, and his status for games at UCLA and Southern California remained uncertain.
A 6-foot-7 junior, Jackson was averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Ducks.
Moore, the Cougars' leading scorer and rebounder, announced earlier in the
week that he would have surgery for bone spurs and bone chips in his right
ankle and probably would miss the rest of the season.
Moore, averaging 19.3 points and 5.9 rebounds, also missed Washington State's 63-48 loss to Oregon State on Thursday.
Forward Milton Riley also was out this week after he reaggravated a back fracture he first sustained on Jan. 2 against Southern California. Fellow forward Shami Gill couldn't play because of an injured left leg.
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