No. 11 Oregon Handles Portland, 85-61

Nov. 17, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Malik Hairston scored 24 points and the 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks beat the Portland Pilots 85-61 on Saturday night.

Maarty Leunen added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who have opened the season with four straight victories.

The Pilots (1-3) were led by Taishi Ito with 13 points in their home opener, but trailed by as many as 26 points to Oregon.

The Portland fans taunted the Ducks by chanting 'Arizona!, Arizona!' The No. 2-ranked Oregon football team lost to unranked Arizona on Thursday night, dashing the team's hopes for a bid at the national championship.

The Ducks were without starting guard Bryce Taylor, who sprained his right shoulder in practice the day before.

The Pilots went up 18-14 on Robin Smeulder's layup in a crowd under the basket. The lead was short-lived, and Oregon came back 19-18 on Hairston's 3-pointer.

Oregon extended the lead to 29-22 on Leunen's jumper. But Portland answered with a 9-0 run, tying it at 29 on Smeulder's layup.

Leunen scored again at the buzzer to give the Ducks a 31-29 lead at the break.

Oregon began to pull away from the smaller Pilots early in the second half, and Tajuan Porter's 3-pointer made it 35-44 with 16:12 left. Porter made a school-record 110 3-pointers as a freshman last season.

Hairston's 3-pointer made it 63-46 and the Pilots could not keep up.

Hairston is averaging 22.5 points through Oregon's first four games.

Porter finished with 15 points for the Ducks. Kamyron Brown, who started in place of Taylor, had 10 points and 10 assists.

The Pilots were coming off the World Vision Classic in Fresno, Calif. They lost to Fresno and San Diego State before beating Liberty, 73-62.

The Ducks swept the field -- Pepperdine, Pacific and Western Michigan -- at the World Vision Invitational at McArthur Court last weekend.

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