Bethune-Cookman 64

(2-4, 0-1 MEAC)

(22) Oregon 92

(8-0, 6-0 home)

    10:00 PM ET, December 11, 2006

    McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon

    1 2 T
    COOK 32 3264
    #22ORE 41 5192

    Top Performers

    Bethune-Cookman: J. Hudson 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oregon: B. Taylor 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Oregon routs Bethune-Cookman, remains unbeaten  

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Off to its best start in 11 seasons and ranked for the first time in nearly four years, Oregon (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) wasn't about to let a slow start keep it down.

    Bryce Taylor scored 21 points to lead the Ducks to a 92-64 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Monday night, though it took a strong start to the second half to put away the Wildcats, a team without a winning season since 1976.

    "We definitely didn't come out with the intensity we wanted," Taylor said. "We were a little lazy in the first half ... there was a lack of energy and we had some defensive breakdowns."

    Not that it mattered in the end.

    The Ducks (8-0), who moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since January 2003, are on their longest winning streak in coach Ernie Kent's 10 seasons.

    "For everything they've been through the last couple of years, to be ranked, that's huge," Kent said. "At the same time, we are going to keep it all in perspective. The only thing we've done so far is manage our schedule."

    Reserve freshman forward Joevan Catron was 6-for-6 from the field and scored 15 points for Oregon, which got a season-high 35 points from its bench. Tajuan Porter added 13 points for the Ducks

    Jimmy Hudson had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Wildcats (2-4), while Aaron Nelson had 11 points.

    The Ducks struggled to distance themselves from the Wildcats until a run late in the first half.

    Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 2:48 left in the first half to put Oregon up 37-28. Porter added another 3 with under a minute left and the Ducks led 41-32 at halftime.

    Bethune-Cookman got within 44-36 on a layup by Hudson 1:58 into the second half, but Oregon followed with a 14-3 run that made it 58-39 four minutes later. Maarty Leunen and Porter made 3-pointers during that stretch.

    Following a 3-pointer by Josh Cummings that cut the Wildcats' deficit to 58-42, Catron and Taylor made consecutive layups and Porter hit his third 3 of the game to put Oregon up 65-42. Bethune-Cookman never got closer than 16 points after that.

    "The first half we were a little bit sluggish," Kent said. "We needed to crank it up a notch because we were flat. The second half they made a nice adjustment and played with a lot more energy."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 92
    FG Made-Attempted 26-57 (.456) 34-64 (.531)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 12-29 (.414)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 12-21 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 28

    2006-07 Season

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