No. 7 Oregon Outlasts No. 20 Washington State In Overtime

Jan. 27, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Aaron Brooks returned from a suspension to score 31 points and help No. 7 Oregon beat No. 20 Washington State 77-74 in overtime to claim sole possession of second place in the Pacific-10 Conference on Saturday night.

Brooks, the league's leading scorer, surpassed his 18.4 point average as Oregon (19-2, 7-2) stormed back in overtime after trailing for all but the final second. He was benched for disciplinary reasons when the Ducks were upset by Washington 89-77 on Thursday.

Maarty Leunen sank two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to tie it at 64-64 and force overtime. The Ducks ran off 10 unanswered points in the extra period to take a 74-64 lead before WSU's Derrick Low hit two 3-pointers and sank four free throws to close.

Trailing 60-51 with 4 minutes remaining in regulation, but Brooks and Tajuan Porter, who finished with 17 points, sank 3-pointers to bring the Ducks within a basket before Aron Baynes fouled Leunen, who finished with 10 points.

Low led the Cougars (17-4, 6-3) with 37 points. He made 9 of 16 3-point attempts, including two in overtime. Chris Matthews and Kyle Weaver each had 13 points for WSU.

It marked the first game that Washington State was ranked and hosting a ranked opponent since 1950.

Oregon trailed 61-53 when WSU's Ivory Clark fouled out with 3:15 remaining in regulation and the Ducks went on a 9-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Porter. The Ducks stripped the ball from WSU's Robbie Cowgill and Brooks pushed it up the floor and passed to Taylor, who dished it to Leunen, who also led all rebounders with 10.

Washington State led 33-27 at the half, but Oregon stayed close in the second period with 3-pointers by Brooks and Malik Hairston, who had 13 points. Brooks hit 5-of-10 3-pointers.

Oregon won the battle of the boards, grabbing 42 rebounds to WSU's 28, but the Cougars swarming defense had 14 steals and blocked 10 Ducks shots.

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