Cougars Edged By Oregon In Final Seconds, 55-52
Jan. 15, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Freshman Bryce Taylor scored a season-high 26 pointsto help Oregon rally past Washington State 55-52 Saturday.
The Ducks (11-3, 3-2 Pac-10) trailed most of the game. But Oregon took a53-52 lead with 41.7 seconds left on Aaron Brooks' 3-point play, and MaartyLeunen sank two free throws with 6.6 seconds to go.
The Cougars' Josh Akognon missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throwopportunity with 24.9 seconds left. Thomas Kelati launched a pair of 3-pointattempts in the final second, but the first shot was blocked and sent out ofbounds by Jordan Kent, and Kent pressured Kelati into shooting an air ball atthe buzzer.
Kelati led Washington State (8-7, 3-3 Pac-10) with 15 points.
Taylor went 10-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-8 on 3-pointers.Taylor sank nine of his first 10 shots, including his first six 3-pointattempts.
Taylor scored 16 points in the first half, but WSU led 26-24 at halftime.
Jeff Varem, who was leading Washington State in Pac-10 games with 17.0points and 10.4 rebounds per game, was held to nine points and six rebounds. Hedid not score in the second half.
Brooks, who was leading Oregon with 20.3 points per game in conference play,scored all five of his points in the final 10 minutes.
Oregon's Malik Hairston and Washington State's Derrick Low, two of the fivefreshmen starters in the game, both scored 10 points. Taylor's 26-point gameranks third in Oregon history for freshmen.
The 55-point total was a season low for Oregon.