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February 23, 2007

Oregon gets big win over Washington State

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EUGENE, Ore. -Freshman Tuajan Porter scored 21 points and Aaron Brooks made a layup with 12.9 seconds left to seal No. 23 Oregon's 64-59 victory over ninth-ranked Washington State on Thursday night.

The Ducks (21-7, 9-7 Pac-10) had lost three straight games and six of their last eight. The victory marked the third time Oregon has defeated a top-10 team this season.

Washington State (22-5, 11-5) had won five straight since a 77-74 overtime loss to Oregon in Pullman.

After trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, Oregon went up 46-43 midway through the second on Bryce Taylor's 3-pointer.

Washington State responded with a 9-0 run, and went ahead 52-46 on Daven Harmeling's 3-pointer.

Oregon closed to 55-53 on Porter's 3-pointer, then went ahead on another Porter three with 3:36 left. Harmeling quickly put the Cougars back up with a dunk.

After Porter made a pair of free throws, Maarty Luenen's tip-in with under a minute left made it 60-57 for Oregon. After Taylor Rochestie scored for Washington State, Brooks' key layup put the Ducks up 62-59 with 12.9 seconds left.

Chamberlain Oguchi made a pair of free throws for Oregon for the final margin.

Porter made four of six 3-pointers. Brooks finished with 16 points.

Harmeling led Washington State with 15 points. Kyle Weaver had 14.

The Ducks have won 13 straight against the Cougars, and 21 of the last 22. Washington State hasn't won in Eugene since 1995.

Oregon jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but the Cougars responded with a 17-0 run that made it 19-8. Washington State led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

The Ducks narrowed it to 30-25 at halftime on Maarty Luenen's 3-pointer at the buzzer.

After Kyle Weaver opened the second half with a 3-pointer for the Cougars, the Ducks went on an 8-0 run, capped by freshman Tajuan Porter's 3-pointer, to tie it at 33.

The Ducks took a 40-38 lead on Joevan Catron's layup with 15:02 left.

Oregon's record is its best after 27 games since the "Tall Firs" team that won the NCAA Championship went 22-5 in 1938-39.

For more coverage of Washington State, visit CougZone.com; for more on Oregon, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.

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