20th-Ranked Ducks Remain Unbeaten with 76-73 Victory Over Oregon State
Dec. 30, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Bryce Taylor had 22 points and nine rebounds, and No. 20 Oregon remained unbeaten with a 76-73 victory over Oregon in the teams' Pac-10 opener on Saturday.
Maarty Leunen added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (13-0), who are off to their best start in 69 years and remain one of just three undefeated teams in the nation along with No. 1 UCLA and No. 25 Clemson.
Aaron Brooks scored 13 points and Chamberlain Oguchi added 12 for Oregon, which won in Corvallis for the first time in four seasons and ended a string of six straight wins by the home team in the Civil War series. None of Oregon's current players had ever won at Gill Coliseum.
Sasha Cuic, who was saddled with four fouls less than a minute into the second half, and Marcel Jones each had 16 points for the Beavers (8-6), while Josh Tarver scored 15, Wesley Washington 11 and Kyle Jeffers 10.
Oregon, which won its last five games by at least 20 points, 73-68 when Jones stole the ball from Tajuan Porter of the Ducks and went in for the dunk that made it a three-point game with 31 seconds left.
Adam Zahn made two free throws to put Oregon up 75-70 with 23 seconds to play.
Tarver was short on a 3-pointer for Oregon State and an attempted tip-in was off the mark as well. Taylor made a free throw with seven seconds on the clock and Jones then capped the scoring with a 3-pointer with one second left.
Oregon dropped to 0-3 at home this season against ranked teams. Oregon State hasn't beaten the Ducks when they were ranked in nine chances since 1975.
Oregon erased an 11-point deficit with a 22-4 run over the final 7:18 of the first half to take a 41-34 lead. Leunen had eight points in the run, including two 3-pointers.
The Beavers, meanwhile, turned the ball over six times and went just 1-for-5 from the field during the span.
It was a stark contrast from earlier in the game, when Oregon State scored on 13 of 15 possessions to turn a 7-4 deficit into a 30-19 lead by the 7:30 mark.
Most of those points came inside as the Beavers, who started three players 6-foot-8 or taller, had an obvious advantage against a small Oregon lineup.