Washington State Drops Decision To Oregon, 69-66

Feb. 12, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Bryce Taylor scored 12 points, including thegame-winning basket with a minute left, to lead Oregon past Washington State69-66 on Saturday.

Chamberlain Oguchi came off the bench to also score 12 for the Ducks (12-9overall, 4-8 Pac-10), while Malik Hairston and Maarty Leunen each added 11points.

The victory broke a six-game losing streak for Oregon that extended back tothe last time the two teams met on Jan. 15 in Pullman, Wash., when the Ducksalso won.

Derrick Low led Washington State (10-12, 5-8) with a career-high 19 points.He had a chance to tie the game at the end, but his long 3-point attempt fellshort as the time expired.

Taylor gave Oregon a 67-66 lead with 1:02 remaining before he and Hairstoneach scored a free throw in the final 25 seconds to push the lead to threepoints.

Down 63-56 late in the second half, Washington State went on a 10-2 run totake an eventual 66-65 lead following a pair of free throws by Kyle Weaver withjust under three minutes to play.

They turned out to be the last points of the game for the Cougars, whodidn't make a field goal in the final 4:23.

Hairston, who also recorded a game-high eight rebounds, scored eight of hispoints in the opening minutes of the second half as the Ducks' two-pointhalftime lead, 34-32, grew to as many as nine, 55-46.

The win was Oregon's 16th in 17 games against the Cougars, and the eighthstraight.

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