Brooks' Floater Lifts No. 15 Ducks Past No. 10 Arizona
Jan. 14, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Aaron Brooks banked a shot over two defenders with 2 seconds left to give No. 15 Oregon a 79-77 victory over 10th-ranked Arizona on Sunday night.
Brooks finished with 21 points to lead the Ducks (16-1, 4-1 Pac-10) to their second victory over a Top 10 team in eight days. Oregon beat then-No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 6.
Bryce Taylor also scored 21 points, and Maarty Leunen had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
In a riveting showdown between two of the Pac-10's most powerful teams, the Ducks tied it at 77 on Brooks' 3-pointer with 1:50 to play. After Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur turned the ball over, Brooks drove the right side of the lane and banked a shot over two defenders to put the Ducks ahead for good with 2 seconds to go.
Marcus Williams' fallaway 18-footer at the buzzer was short.
Williams scored a career-high 34 points and had 12 rebounds for Arizona (13-3, 4-2) in the Wildcats' second loss in three games. Arizona did not have a field goal in the final 5:15.
The Ducks are 6-0 away from home and have already passed last season's 15 total victories.
The game featured five of the top nine scorers in the Pac-10 heading into this weekend's action, led by Aaron Brooks, who was averaging 18.0 points. Arizona's Ivan Radenovic, Williams and Chase Budinger and Oregon's Taylor were also among the league leaders.
Williams has been the most productive player on the Pac-10's most explosive offense He came into the game shooting 63.0 percent from the floor in conference play.
Against Oregon, Williams didn't score until almost four minutes into the game. But scored 17 points in the next 12 minutes.
Trailing 38-37 at halftime, the Ducks opened the second half with a 12-4 run sparked by Malik Hairston, who scored Oregon's first nine points.
The Ducks' lead grew to 55-49 before Arizona awoke and went on a 7-0 run. The points came on drives to the basket by Jawann McClellan, Radenovic and Shakur, whose 3-point play gave the Wildcats a 56-55 lead with 12:19 to go.
The Ducks scored seven straight points to take a 62-56 lead. But Arizona went on another 7-0 run to lead 63-62 with 9:40 left.
Arizona later went on an 8-0 run with Williams scoring on a pair of emphatic jams. But the Wildcats went cold down the stretch and didn't score another basket after Williams dunked with 5:15 to play.
Oregon coach Ernie Kent reached 180 career victories, moving into a tie with W.J. Reinhart for second place on the school's wins list. The leader is Howard Hobson with 212.
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