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Oregon 87, No. 13 Fresno State 75

December 8, 1996

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Jamal Lawrence broke out of an early-season shooting slump with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Kenya Wilkins added 21 points and six assists Saturday night as Oregon handed 13th-ranked Fresno State its first loss 87-75.

Oregon, off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1977-78, took the lead for good midway through the first half and built a 17-point lead early in the second half.

Fresno State (5-1), playing the first of 10 consecutive road games, cut the lead to five before Lawrence and Wilkins lifted the Ducks out of trouble.

Jamar Curry added 18 points and Kyle Milling 15 for Oregon. Daymond Forney, who had missed the last three games with a groin injury, scored 21 for the Bulldogs and Dominick Young added 19.

Last year, Oregon blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes at Fresno State and lost 83-82.

This time, the Ducks saw their 17-point lead dwindle to five on three occasions, the last time at 57-52 on Young’s 3-pointer with 10:40 remaining.

But, in front of a raucous home crowd, there was no collapse.

Lawrence, who was 5-for-8 from long range, sank his second consecutive 3-pointer and Henry Madden scored inside on a bounce pass from Wilkins to make it 62-52. The Ducks stretched the lead to 67-54 on another 3-pointer by Lawrence and Jamar Curry’s steal and stuff with 8:33 to go, and the Bulldogs never got closer than eight again.

Oregon took the lead for good, 16-14, on Lawrence’s 3-pointer with 10:20 left in the first half.

Wilkins made a spinning bank shot, a 13-foot jumper and a driving layup during a 13-0 Oregon run that put the Ducks up 30-17 on Jamar Curry’s two free throws 3:57 before intermission.

The Bulldogs had only one field goal in a nine-minute span of the first half against Oregon’s tight man-to-man defense.

Fresno State, which had 19 turnovers in the game and was outrebounded 35-30, outscored Oregon 8-4 the rest of the half to cut the lead to 34-25.

Four Ducks scored during an 11-1 spurt that put Oregon on top 45-28 early in the second half.