Men's Hoops Falls To Oregon, 91-76
Dec. 2, 2000
PORTLAND, Ore. - Bryan Bracey had a career-high 24 points and Freddie Jones added 23 as Oregon improved to 5-0 for only the second time in 26 years by defeating Massachusetts 91-76 Saturday night.
Oregon continued its best start since the 1996-97 team went 10-0. Before that, the last time the Ducks won their first five games was in 1974-75, when they also started 10-0.
Anthony Norwood added 12 points as Oregon scored a season-high 50 in the first half and withstood a sloppy second half plagued by fouls and turnovers.
The Minutemen were outrebounded for the fourth straight time this season, 34-26. They were beaten 52-30 in that department during a 23-point loss to Holy Cross last Saturday.
UMass trailed by 10 at halftime, and stayed within striking distance for much of the second half. But the team hurt itself badly with two mental mistakes that resulted in a six-point possession for the Ducks.
With Oregon ahead 58-52, UMass' Jackie Rogers was called for an intentional foul on Jones, who made both free throws. The Minutemen's Eric Williams was then whistled for a technical after throwing an elbow at Anthony Norwood, who made two more from the line.
Oregon kept the ball, and Jones made a mid-range jumper for a 64-52 lead
with 9:42 to go. UMass got within 67-62, but the Ducks put it away with
consecutive jumpers by Ben Lindquist and Bracey with 5:54 left.
By LANDON HALL
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