Ducks Win Pac-10 Opener Over Beavers, 70-64
Dec. 31, 2005
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Aaron Brooks scored a season-high 19 points to lead Oregon past Oregon State, 70-64, in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Brooks gave the Ducks a 62-60 lead with 1:42 to play. His layup with 40 seconds left gave them a 64-60 advantage and a two-shot cushion.
Maarty Leunen finished off the victory by scoring five of his eight points in the final 26 seconds.
Reserve forward Ivan Johnson scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds for Oregon, which won the 324th Civil War game between the two teams.
Chris Stephens led the Beavers with 14 points, while Marcel Jones and Nick DeWitz added 10 points apiece. Jones also had 13 rebounds.
It was Oregon State's 13 straight conference road loss. The Beavers haven't won a Pac-10 opener on the road since the 1992-93 season.
Oregon struggled to find its shot early in the game, missing on all but one of its first 11 field goals, and trailed by as much as 16-11 after a 3-pointer by Oregon State's Angleo Tsagarakis at the 10:28 mark.
But a jumper by Aaron Brooks moments later ignited a 9-0 run by the Ducks, and they took an 18-16 lead on a 3-pointer by Brooks 8:14 before halftime.
After the Beavers went back up 25-21, Johnson scored seven of Oregon's final nine points of the half to give the Ducks a 30-29 lead at the break.
The Ducks opened the second half on a 9-0 run to go up 39-29 by the 17:57 mark. The Beavers battled back and after twice getting to within two points, finally tied the game 60-60 on a free throw by Jones with 2:13 to play, capping a 7-1 run for Oregon State.
But on the Ducks' next trip down the court, Brooks split a pair of defenders and drove for the layup, giving them the lead for good.
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