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Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2003 8:56 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(19) Oregon 79, Oregon St 68
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EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Round one of this season's "Civil War" has gone just like the previous seven meetings - an Oregon victory.

Luke Ridnour contributed 28 points and 11 assists and Luke Jackson added 19 points and six rebounds as the 19th-ranked Ducks posted a 79-68 Pac-10 Conference victory over Oregon State.

The game was tied, 42-42, before Jackson gave the Ducks (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) the lead for good on a jumper with 16 1/2 minutes to play.

Oregon stretched its advantage to 62-52 on a pair of free throws by Ridnour with 7:07 remaining, and Oregon State (7-7, 0-5) got no closer than eight points thereafter.

"We came out aggressive and that is what we need to do," Ridnour said. "We finally got them to break in the second half."

The Ducks won for the 18th time in 19 meetings in the series and posted their 10th straight victory at McArthur Court over the Beavers.

Robert Johnson added 12 points and freshman Ian Crosswhite 10 for Oregon, which was outshot, 44 percent to 41 percent, but made three more 3-pointers and eight more free throws than Oregon State.

Paced by reserve Andre Joseph's 10 rebounds, the Ducks won the battle of the boards, 42-30. Oregon had been outrebounded in its last three contests.

"I thought we were very active on the boards," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "That's an area where we need to improve upon, so I was real glad to see that."

"From an effort standpoint, I thought we got the battle - the execution is something we have to improve on," Oregon State coach Jay John said. "Getting the first miss and not getting the rebound has hurt us the whole season."

Philip Ricci totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State, which entered the game allowing just 64.1 points per game, the best mark in the conference.

Lamar Hurd chipped in 13 points and Jimmie Haywood 12 for the Beavers, who received just 10 points from their bench.

"The fact is, we are a good basketball team," said Kent, whose team had lost three of five. "We just needed to get back into sync and back in rhythm. And there was no better place to do it than at Mac Court against OSU in the Civil War."


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